Anna is the National Sports Recovery Coordinator here at Help for Heroes.
Anna is the lead for coordinating the different sporting camps going on, from a group going to play Golf to the Air Force Trials in America. Anna is the point of contact for all those who are just starting out in sport in their recovery and also responsible for maintaining the relationship with the guys already in sports, making sure they have lots to keep them busy. No matter what your injury or illness its Anna's job to find a sport to suit you and there is such a huge variety to choose from.
Anna got involved with Help for Heroes in September 2012 – the day after the Paralympics closing ceremony and says she hasn't looked back since. Anna's boyfriend was wounded in Afghanistan in 2010 and she jumped at the chance to work for a Charity she knew, first-hand, changes lives.
Anna loves that she gets to work with the blokes on a daily basis, from seeing them try out a new sport to seeing them achieving their dream makes her days so worthwhile and she feels incredibly lucky to be doing the job that she does.
Anna has loved sport since a young age, growing up around horses and a very sporty family made it hard for her to want to sit on a sofa and watch TV. Anna loves to set herself challenges; in 2011 she took on the 3 peaks challenge – climbing the 3 highest mountains in the UK, which was the start of the crazy things she has done. In April 2013 Anna set herself 3 challenges, The BBBR (350 Mile Bike Ride) The Sahara Trek (100KM across the Sahara desert) and my final one, to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Anna raised nearly £7,000 for Help for Heroes through these challenges. Anna said 'If our Wounded, Injured and Sick are doing these incredible challenges to raise money for H4H then why cant I? I have an Ironman and Everest Base camp on my list to do next so watch this space!'
When asked what her best moment at H4H, Anna simply said 'I couldn’t, there are far to many to chose from, but if I had to pick one that stands out it would have to be the opening ceremony at the Invictus Games. To see the teams hard work come together to deliver something on that scale was beyond words.'