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 June 2014, the Quick Reaction Fund awarded a total of £108,300 helping 59 individuals. Below are some examples of individuals who benefitted from our Quick Reaction Fund in June:
Grant Award: £599. Region: Scotland
Peter served for 12 years in the British Armed Forces during which he completed tours in Bosnia and Kosovo. It was during his time in service that Peter was injured, resulting in restricted walking and basic movements. He receives ongoing treatment for pain and additionally has since been diagnosed with PTSD. As part of his recovery journey, Peter has started to ride a motorbike which he finds therapeutic. In June, Help for Heroes awarded Peter a grant of £599 towards the cost of a motorcycle training course.
Grant Award: 694. Region: East
Jason served for over 16 years in the Armed Forces. After suffering a severe injury to his back, Jason became a paraplegic, meaning that he no longer has any sensory function over the lower half of his body. Having become a veteran following medical discharge, Jason was inspired to take up the sport of Archery as part of his ongoing recovery. In June, Help for Heroes awarded a grant of £694 to Jason to provide specialist Archery equipment to allow him to train regularly and compete in the upcoming Invictus Games in September.
Grant Award: £987.35. Region: East
Following 10 years of service with the British Army, Bob was medically discharged in 1999. During his time in the Army he saw significant active service in Bosnia and Iraq. It was during the Gulf War that Bob was involved in an accident leaving him with significant long-term physical and mental injuries, including PTSD. As a result of his complex medical conditions, Bob has unfortunately been out of work for the last four years. In June, Help for Heroes gave an award of £987.35 to Bob towards the costs of new carpets in his home.
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