The Help for Heroes Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) is our way of getting swift financial support to those with life-changing injuries, life-changing illnesses and 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 February 2014, the QRF granted a total of £35,585 helping 139 individuals. This means that to date, 6,810 grants have been awarded to individuals to the value of £10.4 million!
Below are some examples of inividuals who benefitted from our Quick Reaction Fund in February:
Jack served over ten years with the Army before being medically discharged due to diabetes and blood pressure problems. Jack’s wife was injured in a RTA and is unable to work, so he currently works two part-time jobs to support the family which includes his two teenage children. Struggling financially with no disposable income, a family to support, poor personal health and the injuries his wife has experienced, Jack and his family were recently allocated a new house through social housing. H4H has provided Jack with a grant of £1,000 to purchase white and brown goods to equip the new house which will enable Jack and his family to make this their new home.
Richard served in the Army for over 11 years before being medically discharged due to a long –term injury from a training accident. The injury has left him requiring long-term pain management for nerve damage which has impacted on the type of employment he can be undertake. As he works on developing a new career pathway, H4H has awarded a grant of £15,000 to support the costs of Richard’s employment for the next year. His new job also offers Richard the opportunity to mentor people, a role he is really enjoying and it is hoped that following this initial support Richard makes this a successful and long-term career transition.
Brian served five years in the Armed Forces before becoming a paraplegic following an accident on a training exercise. Following his accident and discharge, Brian took up hand cycling and was keen to maintain an active lifestyle, H4H has provided grant funding of £5,025 to purchase a specialist recumbent hand cycle which helps to take the pressure of his lower spine. The recumbent position also helps to alleviate some of the pressure Brian was experiencing in his hands where sores had developed as a result of general wheelchair use. This new cycle means that Brian is able to continue his active lifestyle which will benefit his long-term health and lifestyle.
Liam, now a veteran, suffers from a number of physical and mental health problems, including very severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, agoraphobia and others which have led to a number of suicide attempts. These developed as a result of a number of incidences Liam experienced on an overseas tour whilst he was serving. Liam has a wife and three young children who are all coping with the physical and mental conditions that Liam has developed. H4H has provided grant funding of £896 towards a respite break for his family, which represents a chance for Liam and his family to relax and enjoy good family entertainment, take part in workshops and meet people in a similar situation and share experiences.
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