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H4H fundraiser takes on 4th extreme challenge in memory of her late husband

Sharron Leak, a Help for Heroes fundraiser, has done a different fundraising adventure once a year for the past four years. Sharron is doing this in memory of her late husband, Adrian.

Adrian served in the Royal Marines and worked alongside the SAS when serving. However, for the last eight years of his life he suffered a battle with cancer which he unfortunately lost in 2011.

Adrian never lost hope though. He continued to plan everything in advance for his death. He decided that, at his funeral, he wished that people made donations to H4H instead of bringing flowers. Subsequently, Adrian and his family and friends raised £1,000 for H4H and from thereon, Sharron has decided to honour his memory and do one thing each year for Help for Heroes, something unique and special.

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Last year Sharron took part in a freefall parachute jump which she found particularly exciting. This year, she's strapping in for Europe's longest zip wire challenge, where she'll fly over Penrhyn Quarry, North Wales, at speeds in excess of 100mph!

Sharron, in the past four years along with family and friends, has managed to raise over £8000 for Help for Heroes, to which we'd love to say a huge thank you! 

You can show your support and contribute to Sharron's fantastic fundraising efforts by visiting her JustGiving page.

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Circus smiles for wounded veterans' children

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The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Chavasse VC House, put on a show for the children of wounded veterans on Friday with circus skills and performers and what was more, they were able to all have a go too!

Juggling balls, tightrope wire, unicycles, hula hoops and plate spinning were just some of the activities the kids could try their hand at, under the expert eye of Jake the Clown and his helpers.

The event was organised by H4H Band of Brother / Band of Sister Co-ordinator, Abbie Griggs in order to allow families to get together and  have fun during the summer holidays. It was a chance for the children and parents to socialise with others in similar situations to themselves and the location, in the Heroes Garden, was always going to be a safe place to run about.

The Help for Heroes Band of Sisters network is open to loved ones, both male and female, who care for those who have sustained career limiting/ending injuries or illness during or attributable to service. 

Abbie said: “For our Band of Sisters, which includes the sons and daughters of our heroes, getting together to socialise and share experiences is a vital part of their support. Summer holidays can be an expensive and stressful time for families and when you are also dealing with the issues that many of our wounded are facing it’s great to be able to offer some time out here at the Colchester Recovery Centre.”

The day was a big hit with the children who were asked to describe in one word what the day meant to them. It was hard to stop them once they started! Words such as awesome, fun, legendary, brilliant, joyful and terrific were shouted out.

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A mouth watering BBQ followed, proceeds of which will go towards the charity’s annual summer fundraising campaign, BBQ for Heroes.

The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester, which serves the entire eastern region including Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, offers a hub of support for wounded, injured and sick men and women (Serving or veteran) and families. It has 29 bedrooms, all en-suite, which means it is perfect for respite breaks or as a base in which to access face to face support from the welfare team. Many holistic wellbeing activities such as massages, yoga, pilates and tai chi are run from the Centre and Sport Recovery sessions are also available.

For any wounded veterans who cannot travel to the Essex based Centre access to support is available over the phone and individual needs can be discussed by calling the Support Hub on 01206 814886 or email: colchester.supporthub@helpforheroes.org.uk. 

 

Help for Heroes cricketers train with England Physical Disability in unique training weekend

17th August 2015 (Tidworth, Wiltshire): The Help for Heroes Cricket Club, made up of wounded injured and sick veterans of the Armed Forces, were in training with the England Physical Disability cricket team this weekend, ahead of the Cricket for Heroes event on 17th September at the Kia Oval. 

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The weekend saw the two teams come together for the first time to take part in a joint training weekend which included practice fielding, batting as well as important team building exercises. It was also an opportunity for England Physical Disability team, who are also preparing for an international tournament in Bangladesh, to get together as a group.

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The Help for Heroes Cricket Club is made up of wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans, and forms part of the Help for Heroes Sports Recovery Programme.

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Sport plays an important part in the recovery journey as Louise Watson, Sports Recovery Manager at Help for Heroes explains; “Sport has the power to transform lives, and this is especially true for those who are injured and those with psychological scars. It provides someone with a sense of purpose to achieve again and being part of a team helps rebuild confidence, something often missing after a life-changing injury or illness.”

The Help for Heroes Cricket team will play the England Physical Disability team during the Old Mutual Changemakers Cup at the Cricket for Heroes event, putting all they’ve learned over the season into action in this special match.

Cricket for Heroes will see legends of the cricketing world; come together for our wounded heroes.  Andrew Strauss, Ian Botham, Gary Kirsten, Graeme Swann and Virender Sehwag are amongst the famous names supporting our heroes in this inaugural Cricket for Heroes fundraiser.

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Tickets are still available for the Cricket for Heroes match on 17th September 2015 at The Kia Oval, costing £20 for adults and £1 for under 16s.  Ticketmaster have kindly agreed to waive all fees on e-tickets and print-at-home tickets. The event which is supported by Old Mutual Wealth, the UK’s leading wealth manager, is set to be the finale to the cricket season.

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Escala visit Tedworth House Recovery Centre

Wounded, injured and sick heroes were treated to a performance by Escala at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House this week.

The electrical string quartet visited the Wiltshire-based Recovery Centre to better understand what Help for Heroes delivers to wounded servicemen and women ahead of the Cricket for Heroes event on September 17. Escala will perform at the Kia Oval for the inaugural international Help for Heroes Twenty20 cricket fundraiser, supported by Old Mutual Wealth.

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The girls – Helen, Stephanie, Victoria and Honor – visited the Tin Hut and met the Help for Heroes volunteers before making their way onto Tedworth House where they had a tour and saw the facilities including the state-of-the-art gym, skiplex, woodland camp and art room.

Afterwards, they spent time with two Cricket for Heroes players, Ellie Day and Tracy Hills, to learn more about how Help for Heroes has changed their life and the importance of Cricket to their recovery.

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Residents and staff then gathered in the Presentation Room for a special performance by Escala, where they played instrumental versions of Live and Let Die and Palladio.

Escala commented: “After seeing Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House and meeting some wounded servicemen and women, we have been inspired by their strength and positive attitude in overcoming adversity.

“The visit was truly inspirational and we were overwhelmed by what we saw. It is reassuring to know that our wounded heroes are getting the first class support they deserve.

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“We are extremely proud and more humbled than ever to have the opportunity to play a part in the Cricket for Heroes event next month and to be able to show our support to those who sacrificed so much is a privilege.”

Ellie added: “It was a pleasure and privilege to meet Escala and to hear them perform. The entire Help for Heroes cricket team really appreciates their support, not just for the Cricket for Heroes event next month, but for the charity as a whole. It is great to hear they were so overwhelmed and impressed with what they saw at Tedworth House and we look forward to seeing them again at the Oval!”

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Click here to find out more about the Cricket for Heroes event and to buy tickets.

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Help for Heroes Hero Awards 2015

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Do you know an inspiring and motivational Help for Heroes supporter who deserves fantastic recognition?

The Help for Heroes Hero Awards were started in 2010 by the Charity's co-founders, Bryn and Emma Parry, as a way of saying 'Thank-You' to the volunteers and fundraisers who give up their valuable free time all to support our wounded, injured and sick Servicemen, women and veterans. Hosted as the Charity's 'Victoria Cross', the awards are presented at a wonderful night of celebration at our Tedworth House Recovery Centre.

For the first time in 2015, Help for Heroes would like your help in awarding our amazing supporters who go 'above and beyond' in their commitment to the Charity. We would like you to nominate your friend, family and even total strangers who you feel have shown unrivalled dedication to Help for Heroes, who have taken an innovative stance to their fundraising, or who have inspired those around them to support the Charity.

What are we looking for?

We want to award two very special people with our 'People's Choice Award' and our 'Junior Hero'. These awards are defined as;

People's Choice Award

  • Outstanding volunteers or fundraisers in 2015
  • Someone who shows unrivalled dedication to Help for Heroes
  • Someone who braves the wind and rain for bucket collections in their local area
  • Someone who spends an extraordinary amount of time travelling the country to volunteer at Help for Heroes events

Junior Hero Award

  • A young person or group aged 16 or under
  • Astonishing commitment to our cause
  • Maybe a parent or teacher giving recognition to a young person who has led a fundraising initiative, inspiring others to contribute to Help for Heroes

To submit a nomination for the 2015 Hero Awards please fill out this form; http://helpforheroesonline.org.uk/p/1DW2-A2/hero-awards

Individuals can only receive this special award once so please do not nominate a previous winner again. Click here to download a list of our previous Hero Award Winners: Click here to download a list of previous Hero Award winners.