Real and Smooth Radio have presented a cheque for £1million to H4H, a fantastic total from their four years of support. All stations within the radio group dedicated a day of programming each year – Help for Heroes Day - to raising awareness of and vital funds for our heroes and their families.
Real and Smooth Group Programme Director John Simons was delighted to hand over a cheque to Bryn and Emma to mark the £1million raised by the station's listeners since 2009. Joining them to receive the cheque was Paul Findlay, a member of our amazing Band of Brothers, who we have been proud to support after he lost a leg during active service in Afghanistan.
Each year funds were boosted by a money-can’t-buy auction of items and once in a lifetime experiences from Ricky Hatton and Mike Tyson boxing gloves to tickets to the X-Factor final. Music legend and Smooth presenter Pete Waterman donated the highest yielding item to Help for Heroes Day 2012 - a personal studio session to record a classic PWL Hit Factory track - and was delighted to join John Simons at Smooth’s London studios for the cheque handover.
Funds raised by Real and Smooth’s Help for Heroes Day have been put to good use by Team H4H and have helped fund the many recovery support programmes that include adapted sports and leisure equipment, assistance with adaptation accommodation and vehicles as well as financial support for families during loved-one's treatment and for retraining programmes that are invaluable in assisting Servicemen and women to build new lives after leaving the Forces through injury.
The Help for Heroes Day annual fundraiser also gave corporate groups and businesses the opportunity to show their support – in 2010, Land Rover very generously gave their 1millionth Range Rover to H4H, and we were delighted that it raised an incredible £152,500 through the Real and Smooth Radio auction.
John Simons, Real and Smooth Radio Group Programme Director, said: "To meet many of the injured Service men and women that receive help and support from Help for Heroes is a very humbling experience. This is a very poignant time when we have all been thinking about the war on terror, and listeners to our Real and Smooth stations across the UK have shown amazing support for Help for Heroes. Their donations have made a significant difference to the lives of many of our wounded heroes."
Bryn Parry CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes added: "We believe everyone in this country understands that when people put on a uniform on our behalf to defend our country and are wounded; we are here to help them. Now we are beginning to think about a time when the war in Afghanistan will be over and we will see our troops coming home so it would be natural to feel we’ve got peace. But for some of our men and women their battles will be just beginning. The continued support shown by Smooth Radio, Real Radio and Real XS listeners and staff in their Help for Heroes Day, especially given the current financial strains placed on everyone, is fantastic. The generosity is simply wonderful and we say thank you on behalf of all the Service men and women they are helping.