Circus smiles for wounded veterans' children

Circus smiles for wounded veterans' children


The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Chavasse VC House, put on a show for the children of wounded veterans on Friday with circus skills and performers and what was more, they were able to all have a go too!

Juggling balls, tightrope wire, unicycles, hula hoops and plate spinning were just some of the activities the kids could try their hand at, under the expert eye of Jake the Clown and his helpers.

The event was organised by H4H Band of Brother / Band of Sister Co-ordinator, Abbie Griggs in order to allow families to get together and  have fun during the summer holidays. It was a chance for the children and parents to socialise with others in similar situations to themselves and the location, in the Heroes Garden, was always going to be a safe place to run about.

The Help for Heroes Band of Sisters network is open to loved ones, both male and female, who care for those who have sustained career limiting/ending injuries or illness during or attributable to service. 

Abbie said: “For our Band of Sisters, which includes the sons and daughters of our heroes, getting together to socialise and share experiences is a vital part of their support. Summer holidays can be an expensive and stressful time for families and when you are also dealing with the issues that many of our wounded are facing it’s great to be able to offer some time out here at the Colchester Recovery Centre.”

The day was a big hit with the children who were asked to describe in one word what the day meant to them. It was hard to stop them once they started! Words such as awesome, fun, legendary, brilliant, joyful and terrific were shouted out.


A mouth watering BBQ followed, proceeds of which will go towards the charity’s annual summer fundraising campaign, BBQ for Heroes.

The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester, which serves the entire eastern region including Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, offers a hub of support for wounded, injured and sick men and women (Serving or veteran) and families. It has 29 bedrooms, all en-suite, which means it is perfect for respite breaks or as a base in which to access face to face support from the welfare team. Many holistic wellbeing activities such as massages, yoga, pilates and tai chi are run from the Centre and Sport Recovery sessions are also available.

For any wounded veterans who cannot travel to the Essex based Centre access to support is available over the phone and individual needs can be discussed by calling the Support Hub on 01206 814886 or email: