The Help for Heroes Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) is our way of getting swift financial support to those with life-changing injuries and illnesses, whilst simultaneously assisting their families. The QRF can essentially be used for anything that alleviates the distress caused by injury or illness.
The QRF is delivered directly by us, or administered for us through the Services' own charities, and aims to provide support within 72 hours in urgent cases.
In May 2014, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £121k helping 86 individuals. Below are some examples of individuals who benefitted from our Quick Reaction Fund in May:
- Grant Award: £9,500. Region: East
During his 12 years Serving, Mike took part in three active overseas tours and it was during the last of these tours that he fractured his spine when the vehicle he was travelling in came under attack. Now a Veteran, Mike is paralysed from the waist down, living with extreme pain daily and is in need of full-time care. Thankfully he is due to shortly move into a home that has been specially adapted to meet his needs. Help for Heroes recently awarded a grant of £9,500 to Mike to provide a specialist bath which, as well as contributing to general health and overall feeling of wellbeing, will also help Mike to manage his on-going pain.
- Grant Award: £696.00. Region: North East
Dave served for over seven years in the Armed Forces during which time he took part in a number of overseas tours, including a tour to Afghanistan. As a result of seeing active service, Dave experienced significant hearing loss. Despite this he worked hard and secured employment upon becoming a Veteran. However in order to build a long-term career Dave identified a specialist training course that he wanted to undertake in one of the UK’s growth industry. Help for Heroes awarded Dave a grant of £696 towards the costs of this nationally recognised qualification in order to support Dave in his on-going recovery and in finding sustainable and fulfilling employment.
- Grant Award: £4,322. Region: South East
Elaine served with the British Armed Forces for just under five years, during which time she became ill with complex regional pain syndrome which today leaves Elaine having to manage her pain through a combination of daily pain medicines. Despite extensive therapy Elaine had to be medically discharged. Since becoming a Veteran, Elaine’s condition has continued to deteriorate and today she uses a wheelchair to move around. During the last few years, Elaine has taken up wheelchair racing as a form of sports recovery and had borrowed kit initially as she tried out this new activity. In May, Help for Heroes were delighted to make a grant award of £4,322 for a specialist racing wheelchair for Elaine to continue her wheelchair racing.
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