Haig Housing Trust
Haig Housing Trust (HHT) was established by Haig Homes in 2008 to provide individual housing solutions for members of the ex-Service community in housing need, especially those with serious injury, disability or illness.
Help for Heroes are delighted to have committed £1m (subject to funding) a year to HHT's 'Coming Home' campaign for the next five years. The campaign is raising money to provide specially adapted and appropriate housing for the hundreds of Service personnel and veterans in need of rebuilding their lives.
Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder; Help for Heroes said, "our task is to fix up these brave young men and women so that they are capable of leading the rest of their lives. That's where Coming Home comes in, by providing them somewhere appropriate and decent to live."
The funding provided by Help for Heroes will contribute towards HHT's 'Coming Home' campaign. 'Coming Home' aims to raise £20m in the next five years to provide tailored housing solutions for our wounded Heroes. Specially adapted homes cost £150,000 to £300,000, depending on location, and as such, the campaign aims to provide up to 100 much needed units.
Private Pa Modou Njie, 1 Mercian, had less than a month to go before the end of his six month tour, when he stepped on a IED whilst on a routine foot patrol. In the blast, Pa lost his left leg below the knee and right leg above the knee, but said he felt "lucky to be alive" as it was his third brush with death.
During his long and intensive period of recovery at Headley Court and Help for Heroes run Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, the Gambian national approached Haig Housing Trust for assistance with finding suitable housing for when he is discharged from the Army.
Pa has not let his injuries deter him from achieving other goals he has set himself, and he told HHT he wished to go to Aston University in Birmingham to study accountancy once he has been medically discharged from the Army. HHT began to identify suitable properties in Birmingham, and Pa fell in love with a house on a new build estate. As the house was still in the construction phase, HHT liaised with the builders, Persimmon Homes, to adapt the layout to suit Pa's needs. Two of the bedrooms were knocked together to create a large accessible bedroom for Pa, and the bathroom converted to a wet room. This left another bedroom and bathroom for when Pa has visitors. A stair lift is also to be fitted, provided by the Army. Persimmon have called it "The Haig Model" and HHT hope to be able to use it again for other cases requiring adapted properties.
Pa can't wait to get the keys to his brand new house in October. He said "I can't thank HHT enough. I didn't have a clue about how to start buying a house and would have found it physically very difficult to go out and look for one. I am very happy".
Haig Housing Trust has the full support of H4H – their work is essential and H4H is proud to support them in achieving their goals.