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 our 2014 - 2015 financial year, the QRF awarded a total of 1,032 individual grants to the value of £1,273,000. Below are some examples of individuals who benefitted:
- Region: Central. Grant: £1,256
Paul completed 17 years of service with the Royal Navy serving in a number of operational theatres. Following a serious spinal injury in 2014 he was medically discharged. Sadly Paul has separated from his wife but he still has access to his 13 year old son and he takes great joy in being a father. Over the last few years he has had undergone 11 operations to try and improve his medical condition with little success, he has poor mobility and cannot sit or stand for long periods of time. This has affected his ability to find employment and so has been spending a great deal of time at home with very little to do.
In August 2015, H4H funded a laptop for Paul which has enabled him to do online academic training courses and he has now been inspired to sign up for Open University! Additional, we provided funds to enable Paul’s teenage son to attend a recent respite break with children’s charity CHICKS holiday which he thoroughly enjoyed.
- Region: Wales. Grant: £1000
Following 17 years of service with the RRW the QDG, Will faced medical discharge after his injuries resulted in him losing a leg. Will also suffered a serious head injury and has since been diagnosed with PTSD. Will purchased his own house in Swansea and MOD subsequently funded property adaptations to meet all his obvious physical needs.
Will approached H4H to request support with the cost of garden adaptations. His house is on the side of a hill meaning costs were increased due to excavation work. This meant they were not covered by the MOD. H4H approved grant funding of £10,000 to support the adaptations and with all the work now completed, Will is over the moon! The adaptations mean Will is now able to use the garden with his two children.
- Region: Scotland. Grant: £1000
Dean served with the Royal Logistics Corps between 1998 to 2014 and saw operational service in the Iraq, he was medially discharged with both physical and mental health issues, and has since been diagnosed with PTSD. Dean is married with two young children and is now involved with his local archery club to which he thoroughly enjoys. In June 2015, Help for Heroes funded £1000 for Archery equipment to support the benefits to Dean’s psychological and physical health.
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