In April 2014, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £96,417 helping 63 individuals.
Mike served six years in the Army during which time he toured Afghanistan before being medically discharged. Suffering from a number of mental health conditions that were service attributable, Mike has struggled to meet daily living costs, despite finding employment since being discharged. He recently received a repair bill for his car of over £1,500. Already working hard to pay off debt, Help for Heroes provided a grant of £1,000 towards his car repairs in order to ensure he was able to continue to use the vehicle to drive to both the jobs he had secured.
Callum served eight years in the Armed Forces before being medically discharged with PTSD as a result of tours to Afghanistan. Upon discharge from the army, Callum has enrolled in a specialist training course at College in order to build a future career that will help him to support his two young children. Help for Heroes provided Callum with a grant of £750 to purchase tools that he required in support of his course and future employment.
Russell was a Sergeant who served over 27 years in the Armed Forces before being medically discharged with injuries that left him with severely limited mobility and heavily reliant on his very supportive family for support. Russell has found enjoyment taking part in sporting activities since his discharge where his participation is not hindered by his disability. In order to support Russell, Help for Heroes provided a grant of £2,600.99 to purchase a canoe that would enable him to go out canoeing with his son, due to Russell’s injuries canoeing represents one of the few activities he is able to do with his son.
In March 2014, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £72,296 helping 64 individuals.
Charlie was serving with the British Armed Forces when he suffered a head and brain injury in 2006. Medically discharged a year later, Charlie’s long journey of recovery continues as he comes to terms with his brain trauma and PTSD. Charlie undertakes regular visits to one of the four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres where he and his family benefit from the support provided which includes; face to face support, social interaction with other Veterans, respite care, social activities and much more! In March Charlie took part in one of the Pathfinder Experience courses delivered at our Recovery Centres which represent a progressive and individually tailored three phase programme which acts as a compass to help individuals to determine their future pathway. Living some considerable distance from his nearest Recovery Centre, H4H have supported Charlie with a grant of £321.50 to cover his transport costs to enable him to continue to access this essential and specialist support.
Elaine’s husband served in the Armed Forces for 15 years before sadly being killed in action, leaving her widowed with a young son. H4H recently provided a grant of £1000 towards a holiday for Elaine and her son, enabling them to have a valuable respite break together as a family as they continue to come to terms with their loss.
Harold served in the British Army for just under four years which included a tour to the Falklands. During his time in the Falklands, Harold was injured in a bomb blast which have left him with physical injuries that have required a long-term management strategy and he continues to experience poor mental health too. The injuries Harold experienced have required a number of adaptations to be made to his house and garden. H4H recently provided a grant of £500 to support a bathroom adaptation to ensure that Harold can easily access shower facilities. This grant ensures that Harold is able to maintain a healthy quality of life, safely.
Sharon served with the RAF for almost seven years before being medically discharged. During her time in service Sharon suffered physical injuries and has since developed PTSD as a result of her time on tour in the Middle East. H4H recently provided a grant of £405.92 to support the purchase of a specialist bike which would support Sharon’s ongoing recovery. Use of the bike on a regular basis will enable Sharon to build her physical fitness, manage her physical injuries, at the same time as supporting her mental well-being.
In February 2014, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £134,453 helping 141 individuals.
Jack served over ten years with the Army before being medically discharged due to diabetes and blood pressure problems. Jack’s wife was injured in a RTA and is unable to work, so he currently works two part-time jobs to support the family which includes his two teenage children. Struggling financially with no disposable income, a family to support, poor personal health and the injuries his wife has experienced, Jack and his family were recently allocated a new house through social housing. H4H has provided Jack with a grant of £1,000 to purchase white and brown goods to equip the new house which will enable Jack and his family to make this their new home.
Richard served in the Army for over 11 years before being medically discharged due to a long –term injury from a training accident. The injury has left him requiring long-term pain management for nerve damage which has impacted on the type of employment he can be undertake. As he works on developing a new career pathway, H4H has awarded a grant of £15,000 to support the costs of Richard’s employment for the next year. His new job also offers Richard the opportunity to mentor people, a role he is really enjoying and it is hoped that following this initial support Richard makes this a successful and long-term career transition.
Brian served five years in the Armed Forces before becoming a paraplegic following an accident on a training exercise. Following his accident and discharge, Brian took up hand cycling and was keen to maintain an active lifestyle, H4H has provided grant funding of £5,025 to purchase a specialist recumbent hand cycle which helps to take the pressure of his lower spine. The recumbent position also helps to alleviate some of the pressure Brian was experiencing in his hands where sores had developed as a result of general wheelchair use. This new cycle means that Brian is able to continue his active lifestyle which will benefit his long-term health and lifestyle.
Liam, now a veteran, suffers from a number of physical and mental health problems, including very severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, agoraphobia and others which have led to a number of suicide attempts. These developed as a result of a number of incidences Liam experienced on an overseas tour whilst he was serving. Liam has a wife and three young children who are all coping with the physical and mental conditions that Liam has developed. H4H has provided grant funding of £896 towards a respite break for his family, which represents a chance for Liam and his family to relax and enjoy good family entertainment, take part in workshops and meet people in a similar situation and share experiences.
In January 2014, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £68,777 helping 69 individuals.
Lucy served in the Army for five years before diagnosed with Crohns Disease. Lucy's condition was aggravated by an overseas tour which resulted in her being medically discharged. We provided a grant of £2,200 to support Lucy in a Vocational training course. The course develops employability skills, vocational qualifications and offers occupational opportunities which will help Lucy to sustain work or pursue further education and training now she has left the Army.
After seving 27 years service, Tom was medically discharged due to the onset of a hereditary disease that caused damage and dysfunction of his nerves. The condition means Tom suffers progressive stiffness and contraction in the lower limbs. In order to help Tom maintain his mobility and his independence in the long-term we provided a grant of £1,088 to purchase a specialist recumbent cycle which will enable Tom to continue to exercise regularly and commute to work.
Married with a young child, Craig was serving in the Army when an IED exploded leaving him with two above the knee amputations and damage to his arm and hands. Craig’s house has required significant adaptations to allow him to live comfortably and access areas with his wheelchair. H4H have provided a grant of £11,000 to support adaptations to Craig’s kitchen and downstairs wet room which will help Craig to be able to access key areas in his house and remain living at home with his family.
Anna joined the Army at just 18 years old and served for over four years before being diagnosed with PTSD and depression. During her time in the army, Anna went overseas a number of times on various tours including. Upon leaving the army, Anna found herself homeless and with deteriorating mental health problems which at its worst included a number of suicide attempts. After spending time at a supported housing scheme for veterans, Anna was offered social housing. H4H provided a grant of £500 to purchase a mattress and bed to support Anna’s move into her new home, which is hoped will provide the stable base for Anna to continue her recovery journey.
In December 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £99,404 helping 41 individuals.
Laura’s husband served in the Army for over 12 years and due to a particularly traumatic tour of duty was diagnosed with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As a result of his mental health issues Laura’s husband was eventually medically discharged from the Military and the family have found it increasingly difficult to deal with the transition in to civilian life and the wider issues associated with Service related PTSD. The H4H Band of Sisters network recognises that the impact of war can go beyond the individual and can have effect those closest to them, especially family members and partners who are pivotal to their support through times of change and transition, and they run family psychological education workshops to help those family members in need. We provided funding of £56.70 so that Laura could travel to one of our Recovery Centres and attend the weekend workshop. This will hopefully help Laura to understand her husbands’ condition further and provide education on coping strategies and the support services available to her family in civilian life, providing Laura with a positive way forward for their future together.
Luke suffers with chronic and severe back and neck pain as a result of an unfortunate accident whilst on exercise in Canada. Due to the nature of Luke’s injury and the constant pain that he suffers, he finds it extremely difficult to sleep at night which is having a detrimental effect on his overall health. We provided funding of £700 for the purchase of a specialist bed and mattress as recommended by his therapist. This will help with Luke’s pain management and sleep deprivation which will subsequently improve his quality of life.
David served 15 years in the Military completing several tours of duty. Following his discharge, David was diagnosed with a mental health condition and began to attend both Combat Stress and a community support group on a regular basis. Unfortunately therapy alone was not sufficient to improve his condition and he sadly attempted to take his own life on more than one occasion. Following this, David’s therapist recommended that he commence a structured exercise programme and he started to attend the gym on a regular basis. David found the routine had a really positive effect on his mood and helped to improve his condition. We provided grant funding of £470 for the provision of a years’ membership at David’s local gym so that he could continue with his rehabilitation programme and build a positive future for himself.
Martin was diagnosed with a rare and severe bacterial infection which was directly attributed to his time in Afghanistan. As a result of his condition Martin now suffers with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome amongst other symptoms and is unable to continue his career in the Royal Marines. Due to the skills he obtained in his job as a medical assistant, Martin would like to pursue a career in First Aid and Health and Safety Training when he makes the transition to civilian life. We provided a grant of £2400 so that Martin could complete the relevant training courses to become fully qualified in this specialist area and realise his dream of obtaining employment and supporting himself in civilian life.
In November 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £194,136 helping 77 individuals.
Ian joined the Army over 15 years ago at the age of just 17 and has served in numerous Operational Theatres throughout his career. Unfortunately Ian sustained a gunshot wound to the head whilst on active duty in Afghanistan. Initially medical experts did not expect him to survive, however since the incident Ian has made remarkable progress and is now able to walk again. The injuries he sustained have left him with severe mobility problems, speaking difficulties and almost complete hearing loss. Due to the nature of his injuries, Ian and his young family were unable to continue living in their current home. We supported Ian with funding of £9277 towards the purchase of a suitably adapted shared ownership home, providing him and his young family with more independence and a suitable, secure house for their future together.
John has served in the Military for almost 20 years and has established a very promising career. Due to the nature of John’s trade and the physical aspects of his job he now suffers with a debilitating back injury and is in constant pain. In order to ease some of the discomfort that John faces on a daily basis we provided grant funding of £850 towards the purchase of a specialist orthopaedic bed for his home as recommended by his therapist. This will hopefully help to relieve some of John’s symptoms, allowing him to have a decent pain free sleep.
Due to a gunshot wound sustained whist on operations in Afghanistan, William is no longer able to continue his career in the Armed Forces, and is in the process of being medically discharged. Williams’ restricted mobility issues and pain management problems mean that attending residential study courses or working within the community would not be an option for his future. We provided him with funding of £1722 so that he could complete a home study course in Security Consultation. This will allow William to work from home in a development and consultation capacity, enabling him to become self-sufficient and support his family in civilian life.
Garry suffers with a severe musculoskeletal condition as well as an on-going heart problem and is soon to be medically discharged from the Military. He is actively planning his transition into civilian life so that he can make the most of the future with his family. As part of his ongoing rehabilitation programme, Garry’s medical team have recommended that cycling would be both beneficial and relaxing as part of his recovery pathway. We provided Garry with funding of £488 for the provision of a medically endorsed carbon fibre mountain bike so that he can pursue cycling as a means of maintaining his health, and possibly even a sporting interest in the future.
In October 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £210,837 helping 57 individuals.
William served with the Royal Marines for 6 years until he was medically discharged at just 24 years old as a result of serious injuries sustained from an IED incident in Afghanistan. Due to the nature of his injuries William had to landscape his back garden to allow him safe access with his wheelchair. In addition to the garden, the area at the front of his home was not particularly wheelchair-friendly. We provided grant funding of £640 to lower the kerb at the front of William’s house, allowing him safer access to his home and helping to alleviate some of the barriers that William had to face on a daily basis.
On Michael's second tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was involved in a grenade attack and sustained numerous injuries including nerve damage, loss of strength and movement on the left side of his body, as well as significant hearing loss. Aged just 23, Michael is in the process of being medically discharged from the Army and has enlisted on a degree course. However, during his recovery he participated in adventurous training through Battle Back and found that rock climbing helped to increase his self-confidence and allowed him to overcome his fears and look to the future. We have helped Michael in his recovery process with a grant of £660 for the provision of rock climbing equipment which will enable him to continue his passion, and move forward in his life.
Alex has served in many operations throughout his long Military career. Unfortunately Alex suffered a stroke and kidney failure and was medically discharged from the Army just 2 weeks short of his 22 years Service. After leaving the Military Alex experienced a variety of personal and social problems and as a result was unable to find employment. Having now secured a full-time job Alex has been offered accommodation close to his workplace. We provided grant funding of £900 for the provision of goods at his new home. This will help to alleviate some of the stress that Alex is experiencing and allow him to focus on moving on in his life.
Robert is in the process of being medically discharged from the Military due to a severe back injury sustained whilst on exercise with the Army. Robert is very conscious about finding sustainable employment when he leaves and would like to be able support his two young children as well as possible in civilian life. Through his recovery and discharge programme Robert has identified teaching as his future career choice and would like to focus on becoming a geography teacher. Robert has used his learning credits towards a degree in geography and we have assisted him by providing further funding of £954 for the completion of his teaching qualification. This will allow Robert to reach his long term goal of finding a sustainable career outside of the Military which will allow him to support himself and his young family.
In September 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £192,312 helping 115 individuals.
Colin serves with the Army, and at the age of just 28, is a double amputee as a result of an IED incident whilst on active duty in Afghanistan. Due to the nature of his injuries, Colin requires the use of a wheelchair for the majority of the time, meaning that he is unable to take part in a lot of the sporting activities he previously enjoyed. Colin has been very proactive in trying to maintain his fitness levels and has discovered that he has a talent for wheelchair basketball. We provided a grant of £1,100 for the provision of a specialist wheelchair so that Colin could continue to enjoy and compete in wheelchair basketball, which will ultimately help with his continued physical and psychological rehabilitation.
George suffered a severe loss of sight and had his leg amputated below the knee after being hit by an IED whilst on operational tour in Afghanistan. As a result of his injuries George experiences severe back pain, made worse by the current seating in his living area, and has been lying on a cushioned area to try and relieve some of the pressure. We provided grant funding of £1998 so that George could purchase a specialist couch. This will help to relieve some of the pain that George experiences on a daily basis, thereby improving his quality of life.
William has been receiving psychiatric treatment for a severe form of PTSD brought on by numerous tours of duty, and, as a result will no longer be able to continue his career within the Military. After detailed discussions with his development officer and some in-depth research, William has decided to pursue a career in radiography following his medical discharge. At this early stage in his treatment, William finds it very difficult to socialise and mix with people outside of his family unit and has therefore opted for an open learning course in radiography which can be completed mainly at home. We helped William with grant funding of £449 for the provision of a laptop that will allow him to complete his studies at home with minimum stress and help him to pursue his desired career in civilian life.
In August 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £49,704 helping 122 individuals.
Having served 22 years in the Military and completed several tours of duty, Simon was medically discharged from the Army due to a severe and chronic musculoskeletal disorder. In order to sustain himself and his family after leaving the Forces, Simon became a self-employed handy-man, which allowed him to fit employment around his medical condition. Unfortunately, Simon was injured in an accident which resulted in surgery, meaning that he would be unable to work for a period of 8 weeks. We provided a general needs grant of £350 to cover the essential outgoings whilst Simon was recovering. This helped to ease the financial strain on the family and allowed Simon to focus on his rehabilitation.
Graeme was injured in a road traffic accident whilst serving with the Army. Unfortunately, due to the nature of his injures Graeme will no longer be able to continue his career in the Armed Forces. In order to support himself in civilian life, Graeme is completing an HGV course and requires specific tools in order to be able to complete this. We provided funding of £490 for the provision of the required tools so that Graeme could complete his course and gain employment in his desired area.
Mike sustained a spinal injury whilst in pre-deployment training for Afghanistan. Due to the severity of his injury Mike is in constant pain and finds it very difficult to sleep at night. We provided grant funding of £319 for the provision of an orthopaedic mattress as recommended by Mike’s occupational therapist. This will ease some of the pain that Mike experiences on a daily basis, help to improve his sleep pattern and ultimately enhance his well-being.
Colin is a lower leg amputee due to injuries sustained from a grenade attack in Afghanistan. As a result of his injuries and his current accommodation, Colin finds it very difficult to help with his young baby around the home or spend quality time with his young son. We provided a grant of £15,000 for essential adaptations to Colin’s family home. This will not only make it easier for Colin to access all areas in his home, but will also allow him a greater level of independence and the freedom to enjoy precious time with his wife and young family.
In July 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £111,219 helping 120 individuals.
Martin now struggles with a back injury that causes him significant pain and paralysis to his left arm after completing 6 tours of duty. As a result of this Martin struggles to relax at home and finds it difficult to sleep. In order to improve Martin’s quality of life and help to reduce his pain, we provided grant funding of £1000 towards specialist chairs and an orthopaedic bed for his home as recommended by his Occupational Therapist. This will help with Martin’s day to day pain management as well as improve his quality of sleep.
George suffered a knee injury whilst on active duty in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, after several operations, there has been no improvement to his injury or the mobility in his knee and George is now unable to walk for any length of time due to the pain. As a result of this George can no longer participate in any of the activities that he enjoyed prior to his injuries. We supported George by providing a grant of £560 towards the provision of a specialist road bike. This will allow George to maintain his fitness levels and continue the healthy lifestyle that he had previously thrived on.
Mark suffers with anxiety and mental health issues due to his experiences whilst on active duties with the Army in Afghanistan. As a result of his condition, Mark was no longer able to continue his career in the Services and has recently been medically discharged. Mark has been positive in trying to move forward with his civilian life and has managed to secure both a part-time job and a home. We assisted Mark by providing grant funding of £200 for essential items at his new home. This will help to alleviate some of the financial and mental stress that Mark is currently experiencing and help him to move on in his new life outside of the Military.
Stephen sustained injuries to his hands, legs, shrapnel wounds and also suffered significant hearing loss due to an IED incident whilst serving in Afghanistan. As a result of his injuries, Stephen will not be able to continue his well established and highly regarded career in the Services. In order to support Stephen in the transition from Military to civilian employment we helped with grant funding of £420 for the purchase of a laptop. This will allow Stephen to complete distance learning courses in the comfort of his own home and gain the qualifications required to fulfil his ambition of becoming an electrician.
In June 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £92,596 helping 281 individuals.
Steven has suffered hearing loss, damage to his legs and severe PTSD as a result of an exploding mine whilst on active duties in Afghanistan. Steven’s therapist suggested that an outside area where he could have some quiet reflective time would be of great benefit to his long term recovery. As Steven lives in a terraced house, this was not available to him so we provided grant funding of £1000 so that he could convert his yard in to a garden area, providing a peaceful place for him to recover.
Garry has been diagnosed with severe sciatica due to his time in the Forces and is required to take very strong pain killers every day as a result. He also suffers with mental health issues due to some traumatic experiences whilst in Service. Garry and his family currently live in a very run down house, however, have been offered new accommodation in a much better state of repair. As Garry is unable to work and his wife acts as his full time carer, they were unable to afford furnishings for their new home. We contributed £615 towards items for his new home so that he could move as soon as possible and start afresh with his family.
Robert suffers with a rare and severe intestine disease which he believes was contracted whilst serving in Afghanistan. Robert’s condition means that he often feels very unwell and lethargic and as a result, will be unable to continue his career in the Armed Forces. Robert thoroughly enjoys photography and has discovered that he has a talent in this area, so much so that he has been asked to take professional pictures for a variety of military charities. We provided grant funding of £3500 for the purchase of specialist camera equipment so that Robert can continue with his passion and realise his dream of becoming a professional photographer when he is eventually medically discharged from the Services.
Tom experienced severe injuries and is now a triple amputee due to an IED incident whilst on active Service in Afghanistan. Tom enjoys the outdoors, in particular biking in open spaces, and finds it really beneficial in maintaining his fitness levels. We provided a grant of £4320 for the provision of a mountain trike to help with Tom’s continued rehabilitation and enable him to continue his passion of biking.
In May 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £89,287 helping 227 individuals.
Nick seriously injured his ankle whilst on pre-deployment training with the Army and has had numerous operations as a result. Prior to his injury Nick was a very fit and active young man who participated in many military sports, however, due to his restricted movement he has been unable to take part in most of the activities he enjoyed previously. Whilst attending an adaptive sport weekend organised by the military, Nick discovered a passion for kayaking and has since taken it up as a hobby. We provided Nick with grant funding of £530 for the provision of specialist kayak equipment so that he can continue with his rehabilitation and pursue his dream of becoming a kayak instructor.
Sharon was injured in a road traffic accident 2 years ago and has suffered life changing injuries. Unfortunately due to the nature of her injuries Sharon will no longer be able to serve in the Armed Forces and will be medically discharged later this year. Sharon has found a passion for drama and is pursuing a career within this area. We provided grant funding of £165 for the purchase of a digital recorder which will significantly help with her drama training and improve her chances of employability in civilian life.
Robert suffered multiple injuries as a result of an IED incident whilst serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan. The medical consequences of this have been many and varied including severely impaired mobility, sleep apnoea and debilitating migraines. We have contributed £20,000 towards adaptations to Robert’s home, making it easier for him to access specific areas of the house and allowing him a greater level of independence.
Whilst on deployment Colin suffered a serious shoulder and chest injury which has significantly limited his mobility. Due to the nature of his injuries, it is unlikely that Colin will make a full recovery and will eventually be medically discharged from the military. This will eventually mean that Colin’s access to rehabilitation equipment and physiotherapy treatment will be limited. We contributed £1000 for the provision of a massage chair which will help in Colin’s pain management and improve his functional ability, which in time will help to enhance his quality of life.
In April 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £135,130 helping 139 individuals.
Neil is an amputee as a result of an IED incident whilst serving in Afghanistan. Due to Neil’s injuries he is currently unable to use prosthetics and finds it extremely difficult to use the stairs in his home. We provided Grant funding of £2500 towards the provision of a stair lift at Neil’s home, giving him greater independence and enabling him to safely and efficiently manage his home environment.
Lorna’s son Alan has served in Afghanistan twice, and has been injured on both tours of duty. Unfortunately the second incident resulted in Alan suffering a collapsed lung, a perforated ear drum and the loss of both his legs. Due to the severity of Alan’s injuries, Lorna ensured that she was with him during his time in hospital to offer her love and support and is now caring for him full-time at the family home. As a result of this Lorna is no longer able to work and is finding it increasingly difficult financially. We supported the family by providing a general needs grant of £1200 to help them through this very difficult time.
Richard was involved in a road traffic accident whilst on leave to recover from a Service related injury. As a result of the accident, Richard is now a tetraplegic and is confined to the use of a wheelchair. The only exercise that Richard is able to do is with his hands and arms so we supported him by providing grant funding of £4530 for the provision of a static hand bike. This will allow Richard to participate in physical exercise, maintain a level of fitness, and greatly increase his quality of life.
Luke was injured whilst serving with the Army in Afghanistan and suffered severe damage to his right hand, as well as having his leg amputated. Luke is now looking to the future and completing a course in personal training to enable him to gain employment when leaving the Forces. As Luke is currently unable to write due to his hand injury, and finds it difficult to retain new information, we supported him by providing financial assistance of £329 for the purchase of an I-Pad. This will help Luke to complete his course more effectively allowing him to gain his qualification and find future employment.
In March 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £101,597 helping 145 individuals.
Louis sustained a gunshot wound to his stomach as well as spinal and leg injuries whilst on deployment in Afghanistan. As a result of his injuries, Louis is unable to walk without support and requires the use of crutches. Louis is aware that he will eventually have to leave the Army and is in the process of completing various courses to enhance his employability in civilian life. We supported Louis by providing a grant of £490 for the provision of a laptop and accessories. This will enable him to carry out his studies from home, thus alleviating the stress of travel.
Michael was medically discharged from the Army last year due to a back injury as well as tinnitus sustained whilst serving. Due to unforeseen circumstances, unfortunately Michael became homeless and has been relying on friends to provide accommodation. Michael has recently been offered a 1 bedroom flat by his local council, and we showed our support by providing a grant of £700 for essential household furnishings. This will enable Michael to move in to his new home as soon as possible where he will be able to seek employment and lead an independent life.
Martin was involved in a road traffic accident whilst serving with the army, which saw his vehicle submerged underwater. As a result of the incident Martin sustained a severe back injury as well as injuries to his neck and hands. Martin’s injuries make it very difficult and painful for him to use a standard computer desk and chair so we assisted with providing a grant of £2040 for the purchase of an Occupational Therapy assessed workstation. This will help with Martin’s pain management and allow him to carry on with his work and studies in a more comfortable environment.
Ryan is an upper limb amputee due to an IED incident whilst on active duty in Afghanistan. Prior to his deployment , Ryan was particularly interested in fitness and enjoyed running on a regular basis, however, due to his injuries he can no longer take part in this sport and has found it difficult to find an activity that he enjoys. After discovering a passion for cycling, we provided Ryan with a grant of £555 for the provision of an adapted bike. This will allow Ryan to continue his rehabilitation, participate in cycling competitions and help him to realise his dream of reaching the Paralympics.
In February 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £91,021, helping 223 Individuals.
William served 19 years in the Armed Forces, joining at just age 16. Unfortunately due to injuries he received in Iraq as well as PTSD, William was medically discharged shortly before his 20 year Service. As William can no longer work, and has found gardening to be a very therapeutic part of his recovery, we provided grant funding of £4,460 for garden landscaping at his home so that he could continue with his hobby as part of his ongoing rehabilitation.
Eric suffered a severe back injury whilst serving with the Army and as a result has recently undergone extensive back surgery. Eric’s computer is no longer working, and he has been prescribed 3 months’ bed rest to recover from his surgery. We provided a grant of £400 for the purchase of a laptop, which will allow Eric to maintain social interaction and keep in touch with close friends and family whilst he is recovering.
Derek is now a double amputee, as well as suffering brain injuries, due to an IED incident whilst serving in Iraq. As Derek is unable to use the equipment at his local gym, we have provided continued support and grant funding of £1,500 so that he can access specialist gym facilities in order for him to further progress with his rehabilitation.
Liam is in the process of being medically discharged from the Military due to a back injury sustained whilst serving. Liam is currently completing a degree course which will improve his chances of finding employment when he eventually leaves the forces. As this involves a considerable amount of work on a computer, we helped by providing grant funding of £725 for the provision of an ergonomic work station chair as recommended by his Occupational Therapist.
In January 2013, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £65,146 helping 129 Individuals.
Richard is now a double amputee following an IED incident whilst on patrol in Afghanistan. As Richard lives in a remote area and is unable to drive, he was starting to feel increasingly isolated. We contributed £460 towards driving tuition, allowing Richard to become more independent and increase his quality of life.
Craig is currently in intensive care following an IED incident in Afghanistan. Craig’s family are supporting him every step of the way and have been by his bedside since he arrived at hospital. As Craig’s family play such an important role in his recovery, we provided a general needs grant of £1000 to alleviate any financial concerns and allow them to continue with their vital support.
Simon suffers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety following a traumatic career in the Army. We supported Simon with £249 so that he could participate in a motorcycle course, enabling him to become an advanced instructor in his field. This has not only improved Simon’s confidence and social skills but has given him an excellent career opportunity outside of the forces.
Jack served with the Army for 7 years and completed 2 tours of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, on his second tour of duty Jack sustained leg injuries and shrapnel wounds caused by an IED explosion whilst on duty, and has since been medically discharged from the forces. We supported Jack by providing £210 towards 6 months gym membership, enabling him to use the facilities on a daily basis and continue with his rehabilitation as recommended by his physiotherapist.
In December 2012, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £28,491, helping 76 individuals.
Gareth has been diagnosed with PTSD following a particularly traumatic tour of Afghanistan and will be medically discharged from the Army in a few months’ time. Gareth has two young children and is concerned about the future financial security of his family. He has been completing various courses as part of his Individual Recovery Plan in an attempt to secure employment when he becomes a civilian, and we contributed £398 for the purchase of a laptop and software, allowing Gareth to access the internet and study from home to obtain the qualifications he requires to support his family.
Ryan has served nearly 20 years in the Armed Forces and sustained a serious back injury as a result of his Service. Ryan recently underwent major surgery on his back and is currently seeing an occupational therapist to aid his recovery. We provided grant funding of £716 for the provision of an orthopaedic chair and mattress to support Ryan in his rehabilitation, and help with pain management.
Scott is an amputee following an IED incident whilst on operational duty in Afghanistan. As a result of Scott’s injuries he can no longer drive his current car. We supported Scott with grant funding of £375 to enable him to have his car adapted to his specific needs. This will allow Scott to continue driving, giving him a greater level of independence in the future.
Robert is only 20 years old and has been diagnosed with PTSD after his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. Robert has now left the Services and is currently undergoing an apprenticeship with a private company. As Robert does not currently have any transport, and exercise is a recognised part of his recreational and physical therapy, we provided £555 for the purchase of a bike, which will not only aid his rehabilitation, but can be used for his travel to and from work.
In November 2012, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £108,267, helping 127 individuals.
Colin has been diagnosed with PTSD as a result of his time in the Army, and will be medically discharged in a few months’ time. As Colin does not currently drive and has a young family to support, we assisted him with grant funding of £200 for driving tuition. This will allow the family a greater level of independence and help to improve their quality of life.
David sustained a knee injury following a motorcycle accident during pre-deployment training. David’s injuries restrict him from taking part in many physical activities’, however, he has found water sports to be very therapeutic and beneficial for his rehabilitation. We helped David by providing a grant of £1688 for the provision of a Kayak , allowing him to participate in a sport that he so much enjoys and that supports his recovery process.
Robert suffered a serious back injury during his time in the Services, which has caused long term problems with sciatica pain management. Due to Robert’s injuries he is unable to sit comfortably in a standard chair. We assisted Robert with a Grant of £620 for the purchase of a specialist chair recommended by his Occupational Therapist. This will help in Roberts’ pain management and help to make his day to day life easier.
Paul is an amputee following an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010 and has had to endure several operations on his leg. Paul has recently bought a house, which unfortunately did not have level access for his wheelchair. We supported Paul by contributing £5000 towards adapting his driveway, allowing easier access for both his wheelchair and car.
In October 2012, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £110,689, helping 110 Individuals.
He is now a single amputee and has now been discharged. His chosen path for his future career is in woodwork for which he has qualifications and past experience. Together with the ABF, his regiment and a Trust we contributed £3,594 towards providing a garden workshop so that he can pursue his career now he is a civilian.
He has a lower spinal and hip injury which makes driving difficult; he is on a high dose of daily pain relief. We helped by paying £398 towards driving lessons for his wife so that she will be able to drive him to his regular appointments as at the moment they have to rely on unit transport or neighbours to transport him to the hospital.
His recovery has been slow and is often in considerable pain which affects his general mobility. We helped by paying £4,126 for an electrical, profiling and height adjustable bed to alleviate his current discomfort levels and help him with his sleep pattern. We have also helped him with providing a workstation orthopaedic chair and monitor which cost £970.99.
As part of his rehab programme he played golf for the first time and became passionate about the sport. He has taken part in a golf competition and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We helped by funding £1,794 to purchase a collapsible golf buggy to use when playing golf as a form of exercise and rehab as well as enjoyment.
In September 2012, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £134,737, helping 119 Individuals.
Despite numerous operations he is now facing medical discharge. Daniel was sleeping on his mother’s sofa bed so we helped by paying £500 to purchase a memory foam mattress and bed to aid his recovery. We also started the ball rolling with trying to help him secure a one bedroomed ground floor flat for him and his fiancé, who he is marrying next year, by engaging SSAFA and his regimental association.
He continues to experience various cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms which impact on his functional performance so we paid £479 to purchase an iPad for him to help with his organising, memory and pacing skills.
While at Headley Court he benefitted from using a multigym. Due to his visual impairment it was confirmed that he would benefit from such equipment to use in his own home so together with the ABF and his regiment we contributed £5000 to purchase a shed/gym for his garden so that he could continue with his rehabilitation and recovery.
He lives at home with his partner and spends a lot of time there following the birth of their son. He was unable to use his garden as it was very overgrown and undulating so we and the Afghan Trust provided £5646.80 towards a landscape gardener so that he could enjoy his garden once more.
In August 2012, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £107,494, helping 200 Individuals
He had several operations but the injury was too severe to recover. He has now started his resettlement process after the unfortunate breakdown of his marriage due to his situation. We helped by providing £490.96 towards the purchase of a laptop and printer so he can access online courses, send and receive emails from potential employers and create his CV.
As a result of necessary surgery he was confined to a wheelchair and could not access the rear garden of his home as it had been dug up by his dog! We helped by paying £1600.80 towards the levelling and paving of the garden to give him full access and to enjoy his outside space one again.
He has had several operations and physio. He was advised that investing in a foam roller and doing regular exercises would aid his recovery and reduce the pain from shin splints. We helped by paying £53.98 for the foam rollers.
He was attending personal training sessions for a number of months as the training programme was specifically designed to strengthen his injured areas to keep him keep mobile and moving freely. He and his wife became parents for the first time which obviously added financial strain to them so we paid £600 for 3 months personal training sessions to aid his continuing recovery and to be able to take an active part in caring for their new baby.
In July 2012, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £148,834, helping 149 Individuals.
We paid £13,000 for the necessary works to make is home more comfortable for him and his Wife and 2 Children.
We paid £1312.42 to provide this bike for Martin.. We received this from him afterwards "Myself and my wife would just like to thank you all for everything you do for us! It makes recovery easier knowing we have amazing people like you looking out for us! Your help, advice and support is second to none! Once again thank you!"
We paid £4813.00 for a specialist lightweight handbike, this will improve his quality of life by a huge amount after his ordeal.
We helped by providing £2000 which went towards some household bills which were impossible for her to pay, this took away the worry she had so she was able to focus on caring for her son.
We provided £3915.98 to buy his own bed frame and mattress. We received this from him: "I wrote to you asking for some help in getting a mattress or bed to aid in my relaxation and what I received was out of this world I wish I could show my appreciation but I don't think words could describe how happy this donation means to me. The bed will help me relax and hopefully get a good night's sleep I would like to thank you and everyone involved who made this possible its very much appreciated thank you kindly."
In May and June 2012, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £256,459, helping 188 individuals.
We paid £3147 for a sports wheelchair to enable him to take part in competitive sports. As the wheelchair is light weight, it will also help him with his mobility in everyday life.
He was a keen canoeist/kayaker before his injury so we paid £708.88 towards a kayak and accessories to enhance his recovery programme and improve his social interaction. He can now regularly partake in the sport with other WIS soldiers.
We paid £687.50 towards some essential childcare so that she could undertake a resettlement course prior to her discharge later this year and in addition, offer her some much needed respite.
He is having his home adapted which is next door to his parents so they can aide his care. We helped, almonising with the ABF, by providing £6000 to have the driveways made safe for him to access his property.
We provided £2668, almonising with the ABF, to have his boiler repaired as he has had to use neighbours bathroom facilities due to the fact that the boiler was unsafe which was causing him a lot of stress and worry.
One of the injuries sustained was a serious back injury which caused him great discomfort when trying to sleep. We paid £2649 to purchase an orthopaedic bed and mattress for him to improve his sleep quality which will hopefully accelerate his recovery.
After 2 MRI scans it was confirmed that he has a degenerate spine. As he suffers from very debilitating back pain he was assessed and it was recommended that he have an orthopaedic chair to enable him to sit comfortably at his computer at home so that he can work full time on his IRP activities. We provided £1080 for the chair.
In March and April 2012, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £327,909, helping 234 individuals.
His parents moved back to the UK leaving their business behind to care for him and we helped them with £1,500 towards their incurred expenses which went some way to ease their situation.
We are continuing to support him and his family with stays at Tedworth House while necessary adaptations to his parents' home are undertaken to enable him to come home.
He suffered shrapnel fragmentation to his arm, back and knees so we provided funds of £599 towards a running machine for his home so that he could get his fitness back and help towards improving his mental health. Once he has regained his fitness his regiment will be sending him on his Corporals course which has always been a huge and very positive goal for him and his family.
We helped with funding of £1,167 towards the installation of a made to measure access ramp to his home giving him vital independence after his ordeal.
He was discharged from HC into the care of his mother so we helped by providing £1152.00 to purchase a garden shed for his mother's garden where he could keep his bike due to lack of storage space so his rehabilitation could continue.
so as her boiler wasn't working we helped in a very small way to save her the extra worry by purchasing a new boiler for £2338.46 which covered the installation and sundries to make the process as easy as possible for her and her family at an extremely difficult time.
When his electric wheelchair was damaged we helped by providing £110.00 to pay for the repairs so he could continue being as independent as possible.
His CMO recommended that he attend a gym to build up his physical strength so we paid £195 for a 6 months gym membership to help him towards his recovery.
We helped by providing funding of £400 for a distance learning course for her so that she can eventually help to support their young family.
He has had quite a few surgeries to improve his mobility but has to rely on crutches so is not able to walk up or down stairs. We helped by providing grant funding of £1156 to supply and install a temporary stairlift for three months which will hopefully cover him until he can walk unaided. He can now comfortably get to his bedroom and bathroom on his own.
he now has nerve injury and irritable pain syndrome. He and his partner have 7 children between them, six of which live with them. As Simon suffers from PTSD the children are having counselling at school to help them cope with Simon's injuries and behaviour. They booked a short holiday using their savings for some respite, so we helped by providing funding of £700 so they could be almost fully reimbursed.
He struggles to function on a day to day basis due to his medication. His wife does not want to have to rely on family for support so we provided £390.00 towards the cost of 20 hours driving lessons for her to become more self-reliant as she will probably have to be the main driver in the family for a long time.
In January and February 2012, the Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) awarded a total of £98,744, helping 69 individuals.
We supported Sam and his wife by providing £625 towards the costs of car adaptations. This will give Sam and his wife greater independence and a better quality of life.
As a result of this, David will never be able to work again and his wife Susan has put her career on hold to care for him during his recovery. We helped by providing funding of £4275 so that Susan could enrol on a distance learning course and be able to financially support her husband and family in the longer term. This has provided the family with some much needed support and financial security during this difficult time.
As Andy lives in an isolated village with rocky terrain, he was finding it extremely difficult to stay mobile and independent. We helped Andy by providing grant funding of £3995 for the provision of an off road hand bike. This will allow Andy easier access to the village and also aid his rehabilitation by helping to improve his fitness levels.
We provided funding of £3075 towards the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair, allowing Martin to have greater independence, more mobility, and ultimately a better quality of life.
He sustained significant injuries including amputation of both legs, loss of an eye and a severe brain injury. We helped Sam with a grant of £1005 towards the costs of joining a gym with excellent disabled facilities in his local area. This will help Sam in his recovery and rehabilitation process, ensuring he has an optimal level of strength and fitness for the use of prosthetics.
We supported Richard with his transition into civilian employment by providing funding of £798.20 for the provision of a specialist chair in his workplace. This will ensure that Richard can continue to work without discomfort and long term pain.
which has left him with partial paralysis and diminished balance. Whilst Paul was recovering at Headley Court he discovered a passion for cycling. We provided a grant of £856.80 for the purchase of a Recumbent Cycle so that Paul could continue to enjoy this pursuit and improve his fitness whilst at home.
Paul has a young child and has been struggling to maintain his fitness since his surgery a few years ago. We provided a grant of £3995 for the purchase of a Mountain Trike, allowing Paul to improve his cardiovascular fitness as well as have the independence and freedom to experience new opportunities with his young daughter.
As they have a large family and live in a rural area with very little public transport we provided a grant of £513 for the provision of driving lessons for Fiona. This will allow the family more freedom and independence and enable Fiona to accompany her partner to his many required medical appointments.
Brian has bought a property close to his parents' home so that they can support him in his future and help with his transition into civilian life. We provided a grant of £27,358.84 towards the costs of adaptations to Brian's home.
Liam's relatives live in another country so we provided a grant of £552 towards the costs of extending the visa of Liam's sister-in-law who provides the family with much needed support whilst they adapt and come to terms with Liam's life changing injuries.
As a result of Jason's traumatic experiences and the intensity of operations, he has also been left suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We provided a grant of £6000 towards the costs of a deposit for an automatic car, allowing him the independence and freedom that he has very much missed since his injuries.
We provided funding of £5377.44 for the provision of tarmac on Philip's driveway at home, allowing him easier and safe access to his garage and home.
We helped with a grant of £3990 for the purchase of a handbike, enabling Martin to regain his physical fitness and build muscle strength as part of his rehabilitation.
Simon finds exercise very therapeutic and it helps to alleviate some of the anxiety that he experiences on a daily basis. We provided Simon with funding of £359.99 towards the costs of gym membership to help him manage his medical condition.
As a result David will spend a long period of time bed bound. We provided a grant of £3107.98 for the purchase of a specialist bed system at his home, allowing David as much comfort as possible during his recovery period.
eaving him unable to weight bear. We provided funding of £575 for the installation and hire of a stair lift for 3 months at Catherine's home, allowing her son access to facilities upstairs during his recovery.
We provided him with a grant for £20,000 so that he was able to be paired with Radley, his Canine Partner. Radley has only been with him a few weeks but already we have seen such a difference in Joe, helping him deal with his PTSD as well as with fetching his prosthetic limbs and picking up dropped items.