'Mudders' raise over £1m for H4H

Tough Mudder, probably the toughest event on the planet, announced that ‘Mudders’ across the UK have raised over £1million for Help for Heroes – the official UK charity partner of Tough Mudder.

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By climbing through mud, diving into icy water and running through electric wires at Tough Mudder events, the ‘Mudders’ have collectively raised funds to provide much needed facilities to help wounded, injured and sick Servicemen, women and veterans’ recovery through sports.

Members of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers Jaco van Gass, Paul Wilson and Mark Holloway, all Mudders themselves, came along to try out the new 'Tough Trail' at Tedworth House and to thank fellow Mudders for their support.

The money raised has funded adapted sports and recreational facilities for Help for Heroes Sports Recovery programme to further aid the wounded with their recovery, as well as encourage users of all abilities to exercise and achieve their goals. The facilities, including climbing walls at the four Help for Heroes managed Recovery Centres and the all-weather ‘Tough Trail’, all help injured Servicemen and women to rebuild basic mobility and strength.

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As a result, many have taken up new sports at grass roots level, or gone on to represent their country at events such as the Invictus Games and Paralympics. Additionally these men and women have defied the odds to complete various endurance events, including marathons, North Pole excursions, and more.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our ‘Mudders’ who have put themselves through our gruelling challenges and continued to be loyal supporters of Help for Heroes,” said Paul Simcox, Volunteer & Charity Manager at Tough Mudder UK. “Helping others is what Tough Mudder is all about and we are delighted to see our ‘Mudders’ helping these inspiring men and women continue their own sporting endeavours. We challenge our ‘Mudders’ to pull together to raise the next million by the end of 2015.”

“The money raised through our partnership with Tough Mudder has been outstanding, and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of ‘Mudders’ in the UK,” said Martin Colclough, Head of Help for Heroes Sports Recovery. “Because of their efforts, our Sports Recovery Programme is stronger than ever and is helping injured Servicemen and women back to both excellent mental and physical health. We would like to thank Tough Mudder and their ‘Mudders’ for their on-going support and look forward to a long lasting partnership.”

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Tough Mudder events continue in the UK through the end of October, allowing participants more opportunities to train for and complete a Tough Mudder while raising funds for Help for Heroes. To learn more and to register, visit

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Frances Clarkson rides by

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Frances Clarkson and daughter Emma stopped off at Chavasse VC House yesterday as they prepared to set off on their bike ride from Harwich to Arnhem, Holland. 

It was a flying visit but they had enough time to meet Steve Schollar, Centre Manager, who showed them around the Colchester Recovery Centre and gave them a sneak preview of the newly landscaped outdoor space that includes the award winning Chelsea Flower Show garden, Hope on the Horizon

Frances and Emma, who will be cycling with a small team of supporters, are making the three day journey to mark 70 years since Frances’s father won the VC medal and, all going to plan, should arrive at their pilgrimage on Friday 19th September. 

Once the team were suitably re-fuelled with water and posed for the obligatory snap, they set off to the sound of clapping and cheering from Team Chavasse and the warmest of wishes. 

Have you ever wanted to do a charity bike ride? Sign up to our signature fundraising challenge of the year, Hero Ride 2015, and you can become one of thousands doing their bit to support our heroes. 

Phoenix House Recovery Centre celebrates its first birthday!

Since opening its doors 365 days ago, the Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre, forming part of the Defence Recovery Capability, has had over 12,900 residents and day visitors come through the doors with over 1,300 attending the many courses that are available to wounded, injured, sick service personnel and veterans.

Recovery Centre Manager Mo Usman was joined by residents, staff and Invictus Games competitors recently returned from London, to cut and more importantly sample, a celebratory cake!

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Chief cake-cutter, and Recovery Centre Manager Mo Usman said of the day, “It is truly wonderful to be standing here today one year on from the official opening, surrounded by those that have benefited from the support of Help for Heroes and the Recovery Centre.”

“We are very proud to welcome back those who competed in the Invictus Games who so clearly highlight the reality of life beyond injury that Help for Heroes champions so passionately”.

One of four Recovery Centres across the UK, Phoenix House at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire aims to inspire the wounded, injured and sick, and returning veterans to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives, which will enable them to reach their full potential and to support them and their families for life.

Veteran Paul Nichol, 36 says, “If it hadn’t been for Phoenix House I would still be wallowing in self-pity, but the smiling faces of the Help for Heroes staff, and the opportunity to get out, meet new people and try new things is brilliant. Even just having some company to sit and enjoy a cuppa with is magic!”

If you think that you or someone you know would benefit from the support that Help for Heroes offers at Phoenix House please contact the Support Hub on 01748 834148 or


CSE wows Help for Heroes Recovery Centre

Residents at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, were treated to an evening of live entertainment courtesy of the Combined Services Entertainment (CSE).

The CSE, official provider of live entertainment to the British Armed Forces, organised for professional dancers, singers and comedians to descend upon Tedworth House and perform a morale boosting concert to the wounded, injured and sick.


Comedians Maff Brown, Tony Salmon and Andrew Hayden were joined by talented musicians Brooke Supple and Georgi Georgiev who performed a medley of rock and pop classics that got the audience onto their feet and dancing. CSE Dancers also performed throughout the evening to residents, staff and members of the Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters.


Centre manager Giles Woodhouse said: “We are extremely grateful to the CSE for their efforts in putting on such an entertaining evening. Events such as these allow our injured servicemen and women to come together and socialise. It raises their spirits and puts a smile on their faces.”


CSE routinely sends tours of entertainment to Afghanistan, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands. We hope to see them return to Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House next year.

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Blue Arrow host a Bear-B-Q

On Wednesday 3 September, Blue Arrow hosted a Bear-B-Q in aid of Help for Heroes at Capability Green.

The day dawned dull and gloomy but by the time the cakes and tombola were laid out in the meeting room, the clouds had broken and the sun was peeking through; a good omen for the BBQ later in the day. At 10am the first wave of customers descended on the cake and the room was buzzing as people had to decide whether to take chocolate, Victoria sponge, or carrot cake.

Local H4H representative, Mark Fairclough helped look after the tombola and proved to be a great salesman with "everyone a winner… well those tickets ending in a five or a zero". There were shrieks of laughter from the person winning the tinned pears to oohs and aahs from those that won the wine or champagne. The tombola prizes were donated by people in the building so thanks must go to them for their generosity.

Blue Arrow Bear -B-Q

The chef for the day was Richard, who works via the Luton branch of Blue Arrow and kindly donated his time. He manned the BBQ and did an excellent job keeping up with the demand for burgers or veggie burgers. 

RAF Bear was present - he made sure all those queuing for their lunch were in good spirits and did a grand tour of the building to encourage people to make a small donation or remind them that the BBQ was on offer downstairs. Thanks RAF bear, you did a great job on such a warm day.

The day wound down by 3pm. The few remaining tombola gifts were put away for next time and the remaining cake was sold off to the highest bidder. The collection was counted and came to a fantastic final total of £545!

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