SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has made Joanna Lumley one of its ambassadors for her work with its Gurkha beneficiaries.

Earlier this year, Joanna met with more than 140 members of the Gurkha community to present certificates to those who have been learning English with SSAFA branch volunteer, Pamela Reynolds BEM.

The actress and recent ITV travelogue presenter was said to be ‘hugely impressed’ with the progress of the women describing it as ‘humbling and inspiring’.

“I was so touched and proud to be asked to become a SSAFA Ambassador.  The charity deserves all the plaudits it receives and it gives me great pleasure to accept this honour.” – Joanna Lumley

Joanna, who is best known for her role as Patsy Stone in the BBC One sitcom Absolutely Fabulous joins a number of other celebrities who have taken on the role for the charity including military historian Dan Snow and ‘forces sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn.

“Joanna’s commitment and unswerving support for the Gurkha community is an inspiration to us all and something that we felt should be formally recognised. Joanna has done so much to support our Berkshire branch and in particular its literacy programme for Gurkha wives and widows; we are delighted to announce her as a SSAFA Ambassador.” – Lieutenant-General Sir Andrew Gregory, Chief Executive SSAFA

Joanna Lumley presented a series on Japan for ITV
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