Christmas Stockings at Tedworth House
This week, the Help for Heroes-run Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, held a night of Christmas cheer for our wounded heroes. Incredible corporate companies and local fundraisers had clubbed together to create hundreds of stockings for residents of all Help for Heroes Recovery Centres.
Tedworth House residents were treated to a vast array of gifts; including edible goodies, PlayStation games and DVDs. There to present them with their individual stockings were the Hosties4Heroes girls, dressed up and ready for the festive season (the Hosties raise thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes, when they’re not busy flying in the skies as cabin crew)! A small team from the RAF Central Band, also played Christmas carols whilst the residents eagerly unwrapped their treats.
One Tedworth resident and Band of Brother, said: “It was a lovely surprise – hugely appreciated. It was so humbling to receive so much, we can’t thank the contributors enough. It really started off the festive spirit!”
Help for Heroes Band of Brothers Manager, Ollie Metcalfe, said: “The Christmas season is a hugely important time to try and make all of our wounded, injured and sick, feel extra special. We are so incredibly grateful to all the corporate companies and amazing fundraisers that have donated such brilliant stockings to Tedworth House and the other Recovery Centres. The room was filled with smiles and faces of delight and the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers team could not have been prouder. We must remember that our injured and sick heroes need support not just for this festive season, but throughout their lives. We within the Help for Heroes team will continue to support them in any way we can!”
...and in Yorkshire, at Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick
What a party! With twelve turkeys donated, 45 kg vegetables given, three injured blokes cooking, four chefs teaching and 15 staff a-waiting, we definitely know how to celebrate at Phoenix House.
The donation from British Turkey of a dozen birds to the Centre was quickly turned into a festive cooking master class for injured and sick soldiers and veterans on how to cook a Christmas meal – for 70!
Yorkshire Regiment veterans Craig Donaghue from Middlesbrough and Paul Fee from Catterick found themselves peeling 45kg of vegetables donated by Rob Ramsden of Delifresh , including carrots, swede and sprouts before preparing the turkeys, and then piping frangipane into tartlets.
Craig, 33, is in almost constant pain from a back injury that a disk fusion operation failed to curb while Paul, 28, was injured in Iraq in 2007 when training the Iraqi Army.
Supervising the pair were Craig and Paul were Swinton Park chef Simon Crannage and his team, who also made the starters, and Rob Ramsden - Head of Specialist Food Development at DeliFresh in Bradford which donated all the veg, dairy and dry ingredients. All gave their time as volunteers keen to support Help for Heroes.
While they were busy cooking, other wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans decorated the dining room in preparation for the festive party to which residents and many regular visitors to the Centre were invited.
Our busy chefs served up the food to the guests, before tucking into the meal themselves, which Craig declared was the best turkey he had ever tasted.
The ‘blokes’ were then entertained by comedy act Gaz Martin and his Gigglebox, who had everyone in stiches with his wrongly-worded songs and fast costume changes.
Christmas stockings handed out at the end of the evening contained gifts donated by businesses and individuals. Mrs Claus, ask Jordan Danielle Rhodes, was certainly a hit with everyone as she took the time to listen to everyone’s individual stories.
Happy Christmas to everyone from us all at Phoenix House.