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Following last week’s announcement in the Autumn Budget of a £10 million funding package to support veterans’ mental health, Minister for Veterans' Affairs Johnny Mercer hosted Help for Heroes and other Armed Forces charities, at a reception at 10 Downing Street to acknowledge our important contribution to supporting veterans.

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Veteran Jamie Weller and guide dog Freddie outside 10 Downing Street - Help for Heroes

Fifteen of our veterans, ambassadors, and staff attended the event at the heart of Government to receive the personal thanks from, and share their experiences with, Mr Mercer and Akshata Murty, the wife of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has been a long-standing champion of Armed Forces and veterans' causes.

Among the veterans representing the Charity was paralympic discus thrower and double amputee Derek Derenalagi and Invictus Games athletes Grant Harvey and Jamie Weller. Charity trustees Stuart Bell CBE and Clive Warner also attended.   

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Help for Heroes beneficiaries, staff and trustees standing outside 10 Downing Street - Help for Heroes

 We are pleased to be invited by Minister Mercer and Ms Murty to this event and to spend the time acknowledging the important work that Armed Forces charities do to ensure our veterans get the support and recognition they deserve.”   

James Needham


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