Our grants to the following organisations support the loved ones of our Heroes. By working together, we are avoiding duplication, reducing administration and providing a joined-up solution for individuals.
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Help for Heroes granted £2m to support recovering personnel and their families at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB). The grant was used to fund the construction and help meet the running costs of a Forces and Families Centre on site at QEHB, 'Fisher House'.
Help for Heroes provided a grant of £1.5m to support construction costs of the house, in addition to £500k for running costs, which equates to £50k a year for 10 years.
Heroes Haven is a fully adapted log cabin in Swanage that is available for use by Armed Forces personnel and their families. The 41ft by 20ft timber lodge has extra wide doors for wheelchair access, lowered kitchen worktops and a specially adapted wet room.
Help for Heroes provided a grant of £10,000, which assisted with the building of the cabin and for groundwork preparation of the site.
Since the cabin opened in 2012, it has supported the respite of many deserving Veterans and their families, including Dave, an ex-RAF Serviceman from Wales. He had this to say of his experience:
'I have recently spent a very enjoyable stay at the Heroes Haven log cabin purposely designed to aid injured service personnel, and I would like to thank all concerned in the project. This not only extends to the trustees and charities involved, but to the people and companies of Swanage and Purbeck who made all this possible by their contributions to this exceedingly worthwhile endeavour.
'Having been seriously injured a number of years ago whilst serving with the RAF; I know only too well the frustrations of trying to locate suitable holiday accommodation that will cater for people totally confined to wheelchairs. Rest assured this cabin addresses that problem. After years of setbacks, my wife and I have become somewhat pernickety, and racked our brains to find ‘observations’ that could be improved upon. Suffice to say we have no hesitations in booking again for next year. Holidays such as this are rare, and you all should feel sufficiently proud of yourselves for your efforts and contributions. I sincerely thank and applaud you all.'
A grant of £54,000 from Help for Heroes was used by the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) to convert ex-Service families accommodation into a Contact House. This allowed families of injured RAF personnel to be near their loved ones while they recover in hospital and to provide disabled access to the house.
Help for Heroes have granted £81,000 to the Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth to enhance the facilities offered to its visiting wounded heroes.
The grant allowed greater accessibility to the naval heritage club’s 1950s building and will allow the club to realise their ambition to become the South Coast’s premier “R and R” facility for all Sailors, Veterans and their families.
The first project was a purpose built, specially adapted bedroom suite comprising double bedroom, en-suite wet room and adjoining carer’s (or children’s) room. The two existing “disability friendly” bedrooms will also be fully upgraded and refurbished.
The club are now also able to install a new hydraulic platform lift linking the Club’s main ground floor with the Trafalgar Ballroom and its balcony facilities, ensuring that all visitors have easy access to the club’s facilities, functions and parties.
The Royal Maritime Club shares our passionate belief that our military and naval veterans and their families deserve nothing less than the very best that we can give them.
Help for heroes have granted £520K to aid the completion of the Soldier, Sailors & Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help ‘Homes from Home’ appeal which now provides relatives' houses at Headley Court and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
The houses are fully equipped to be a haven for the relatives of the wounded when they visit their loved ones in hospital and, as the Controller of SSAFA outlines below, they are a place where relatives can recharge their batteries and go back refreshed. It is a great idea by a great charity and we are delighted to be able to help.
'SSAFA Forces Help is delighted to receive the generous donation of £520,000 from Help for Heroes. The money is a significant contribution to our ‘Homes from Home’ appeal and will enable us to provide much needed support to our badly injured Servicemen and women and their families. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to raise money for Help for Heroes. We can assure them that, through SSAFA Forces Help’s new home near Selly Oak Hospital, it will be used to make a real difference to many lives. Families will soon be able to stay at the home and be close to their loved ones at a time when they are needed most.'
Major General Andrew Cumming, Controller SSAFA Forces Help
The Victory Services Club is a Tri-Service, all ranks Members' Club for currently Serving and Retired members of the Armed Forces. A grant of £160k from Help for Heroes grant has supported the refurbishment of several rooms to ensure the club is fully accessible.
Help for Heroes awarded £30,000 to support a 3 year Wildlife Connections Programme for wounded, injured and sick personnel, Veterans and their families on nature reserves in Wiltshire.
The programme will allow the WIS and their families to connect with the natural environment through focused activities. Activities will be designed to break-down barriers for access and involvement.
Read more about the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
Winston's Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK.
The death of a loved one who dies while serving in the military can bring additional pressures and practical changes perhaps not experienced by other families.
Since 2010, Help for Heroes has provided Winston’s Wish with £600k in grant funding to offer a bereavement support programme specifically for children and young people from military families across the UK affected by the death of a parent or sibling.
Fiona Talwar-Lomberg, CEO of Winston’s Wish says: 'It is a sad fact that many of our heroic servicemen and women who die whilst in service are parents, or have younger siblings. We are delighted that through funding from Help for Heroes, Winston’s Wish offers a programme specifically for bereaved military families.'
Rachel’s husband David was killed whilst serving with the Army in Afghanistan, leaving three children Simon, Patrick and Jane.
The family has been through the bereavement services of Winston’s Wish. 'I found it heart-breaking to grieve for David and all that he had lost; grieve for our children and their future; and grieve for myself. I realised that the children (and I) needed outside help so that they could talk about their feelings.
'Winston’s Wish was there for us when we needed professional, caring, emotional support and has been invaluable to us.'
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Big or small, every donation makes a difference to our wounded Servicemen and women and their loved ones.