40,000 Strong

Did you know that in the last 20 years, almost 40,000 men and women have had to leave the Armed Forces due to injury or illness? Every day, this number grows, with an average of seven people being medically discharged everyday since drawdown from Afghanistan.


Seventy percent say their transition to civilian life was a negative experience.* That’s why we have created our 40,000 Strong model force to help show the true scale of those who have put their lives on the line for us.


With your help, we can fight to fix the gaps, improve the transition process for all wounded veterans and provide vital support to those already wounded. We’re calling on the Government to commission an independent review into the MoD’s medical discharge process, and specifically the support available to service personnel as they transition. 


We believe every wounded veteran is entitled to receive the help they need. Join our mission today to help all wounded veterans stand strong. Donate to receive part of the 40,000 Strong Model Force, or sign up to hold your own 40,000 Strong event so we can still be here to keep fighting.



*Anonymous online survey of 403 beneficiaries commissioned by Help for Heroes between 19th-30th August 2019.



Support the 40,000

Donate to receive your very own, special edition boxed figure from our 40,000 Strong Installation. Every figure donated for will help wounded veterans stand strong.


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Donate to receive part of the 40,000 Strong Model Force

Donate today



View our installation

View the installation of our 40,000 Strong model force, which shows the true scale of those who have put their lives on the line for us. The installation was on display at Manchester’s Arndale Centre at the beginning of October and is now touring the UK.


Come along and see a mini installation of the 40,000 Strong model force in a town near you. We have the following locations confirmed so far:

  • Middlesbrough - Dundas Shopping Centre - 20th and 21st March 2020

  • Colchester – Colchester Castle – 4th and 5th April 2020


Get involved in the 40,000 Strong Campaign

There are many ways to get involved and join our mission to support wounded veterans and their families. Whether you hold your own fundraising event, sign up to hear more, or volunteer at Debenhams, you’ll help us be there for those who put their lives on the line for us.


40,000 strong fundraising

There are lots of ways you can get
involved locally and support men and women
whose lives have been derailed by injury.


Simon Vaughan VSI 2020

Some of the #40ThousandStrong are living with injuries
so severe, they are wholly dependent on round-the-clock care.
They were told they would never walk again, never talk again,
never live independently again. But with the right support, they
can defy the odds. #NeverSayNever


Debenhams Collection 2020

It’s a new year, and that means... new volunteering opportunities! Join us for the Debenhams National Collection Weekend on 28 and 29 March. You’ll spend a few hours fundraising in your nearest Debenhams store to help our wounded veterans stand strong.



How Your Money Helps

By joining our mission and supporting us today, you are helping people like Carl, Lee, Kev, Dave, Paula, Paul & Tommy.

Carl Shadrake (1)

Carl Shadrake

Carl Shadrake was critically injured twice in Afghanistan. The second time, not only did he have to come to terms with his own injuries, but he also had to cope with the devastating news that his brother had been killed in action.

Read his story
Lee Patmore

Lee Patmore

Veteran Lee Patmore was forced to leave the Royal Navy in 1999 after damaging his back whilst in training.

Read his story
Kev Gray

Kev Gray

Kev Gray was discharged from the army in 1995, suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) triggered by experiences in Northern Ireland and the first Gulf War.

Read his story
Dave Watson

Dave Watson

Dave Watson’s life changed forever when he stepped on a hidden bomb in Afghanistan in 2010, losing both legs and an arm. He can still vividly remember the horrific details of that day.

Read his story
Paula Knott

Paula Knott

Paula Knott’s career in the RAF came to an end in 1989 following a leg injury. In the years that followed, she had to deal not just with physical pain, but the psychological impact of losing both her job and a life she loved.

Read her story
Paul Colling

Paul Colling

Army veteran Paul Colling lost the life and the job he loved after a traumatic leg injury left him in near-constant pain.

Read his story
Tommy Lowther (1)

Tommy Lowther

Tommy Lowther was just 18 when he was deployed to Northern Ireland in 2000. He describes, in his own words, feeling like a boy in a man’s world.

Read his story