Help for Heroes strives to achieve the best for the men and women of Great Britain’s Armed Forces, both serving and veteran. We are proud to work with other Service charities to make sure that the wounded, injured and sick get the support they deserve. Here is how Help for Heroes' grants have improved the support available to individuals.
RAF Aeromedical Evacuation
The RAF Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) system repatriates Servicemen and women injured in the line of duty from anywhere in the world back to appropriate specialist care in the UK. More often than not, this can involve long periods of time in transit on military air transport designed for utility over comfort.
On average a patient is airborne from Op HERRICK for more than 10 hours stopping for only two hours in Cyprus whilst the aircraft refuels and AE crews change. The majority of AE patients are conscious and anything that may take their mind off their injuries and reassure them that people are there to support their rehabilitation will help make the journey go quicker. The grant will be used to provide welfare packs for the flight home, which include an mp3 player, an H4H hoody and a pair of socks among other nice-to haves.
As well as providing a message of support, the distraction caused by these packs helps to take the patient’s mind off pain and nausea.