Last week was an incredibly busy week for our grants partner right across the UK!
Monday saw HRH the Countess of Wessex visit Stoll and open new housing for vulnerable and disabled Veterans in Hounslow, London.
Named in her honor, The Countess of Wessex House is a purpose built 36-flat development for ex-Service personnel with community spaces and therapeutic landscaping. Grant funding of £450,000 from H4H was used to support the realisation of three of these disability units.
Ed Tytherleigh, from Stoll said: “The Countess of Wessex House is the largest new project for Veterans in England in the past year and everyone at Stoll was delighted that our Patron, after whom it is named, has visited and formally opened this wonderful facility.
The development replicates our other sites – including a therapeutic garden, extensive training and communal areas with a kitchen where we will provide a wide range of activities, an IT suite and tuition and a Support Worker will be on-site during the working week offering the same personalised, holistic support given to all the Veterans Stoll works with. This is an exciting new phase in Stoll’s life and I am delighted to have been part of this project.”
Tuesday saw our friends at the Royal Maritime Club formally open their new accessible facilities.
Being the only Service club in the area with extensive accommodation and that unique military atmosphere, the Club was seeing an increased demand for recovery and respite breaks for serving and Veteran personnel.
Help for Heroes recognises that respite is a key component in recovery, not just for an individual but for their whole family.We are proud to have been able to support the new facilities at the Royal Martitime Club with grant funding of £81,000 from your generous donations to ensure this safe haven in the South West is available to all military families.
Patricia Howse, from The Royal Maritime Club said; “We are grateful to Help for Heroes for enabling us to provide leisure facilities that are fit for all Service Personnel and Veterans of the 21st century, ensuring that no function, activity or source of enjoyment is barred to those with physical or mental disabilities.”
Wednesday saw HRH The Princess Royale pop in to visit our friends at HorseBack UK in Scotland. The Princess spent time touring the Horse Back facilities and hearing the methodology behind what the team do. She also met with some of the beneficiaries of the charity and got a sense of the team’s vision for the future.
Tania Kindersley from HorseBack UK said; "For a small charity like HorseBack UK, having a Royal visitor is a tremendous boost. Th Princess Royal was so well-informed, so interested, and so skilled at putting everyone at ease that she brought a smile to every face."
It is amazing to see your donations are helping our heroes all across the UK AND getting the Royal seal of approval!