By supporting Help for Heroes in your friend or relative’s memory you can help wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women across the country; changing the future for them and their families.
When decorated Navy veteran, Gary Corlette-Junior, passed away suddenly, his family asked for funeral donations to Help for Heroes.
“Help for Heroes was a cause close to Gary’s heart”, explains his fiancé, Fiona. “The charity had become important to him in recent years, so we knew Gary would have wanted to give something back.”
Gary served in the Navy from 1988 to 2006, on ships including HMS Coventry and Cornwall. After being diagnosed with a heart condition and medically discharged, he worked as an electrical contractor until suffering a stroke in 2014. As part of his recovery he started visiting our Plymouth Recovery Centre for physical therapy.
“Those weekly sessions meant a lot to him,” Fiona remembers. “It was partly the therapy but also the company. In his mind, I don’t think he ever really left the Navy; and being with fellow ‘retired war heroes’, as he liked to say, was important to him. Gary was very proud of his military roots and would always wear his Help for Heroes wristband amongst other branded clothing. Since Gary passed away I got myself a puppy and he, Junior, sports a Help for Heroes collar, lead, ID tag, dog bowl and toys.”
Tragically Gary suffered a brain haemorrhage in January this year and passed away the following day, aged only 47.
“We wanted the funeral to be a celebration of Gary’s life and part of his legacy,” says Fiona. “We asked for donations in his memory because flowers wilt and die, and we knew Gary would have wanted to do something more lasting. We chose Help for Heroes because it’s the charity he would have chosen.”
More than 500 people attended the service, with Gary’s friends and former colleagues travelling across the world to pay their respects. Tributes to Gary talk of his irrepressible happiness, caring nature and sense of fun. “In memory of a true gentleman”, said one, while another celebrated his “honesty, humility and integrity”.
Loved and respected by all who knew him, Gary is still bringing out the best in people. Nearly £6,500 has been donated in his memory; enabling us to help other Veterans and their families in times of need.
“Gary would have taken great pride in the amount that’s been donated”, reflects Fiona. “And it means a lot to us to know he has left this legacy to his military family.”
Just as we all have our precious memories of those we’ve loved and lost, we also have our own ways of paying tribute to them. Whether you want to make a one-off contribution, ask for donations in lieu of flowers at their funeral or memorial service, take part in a sponsored challenged or organise your own fundraising event, please know we are honoured and humbled to be thought of in this way.
Please choose from the options below to learn more about the different ways we can help you commemorate someone special.
If you have recently lost a loved one and are arranging a funeral or memorial service, you may wish to hold a collection in their memory or make a donation to Help for Heroes. Many people find this a positive and meaningful way to pay their respects to someone special.
We appreciate this can be a very difficult time are here to make the process as simple as possible for you.
To order donation envelopes for the service or to send to friends and family, contact our Supporter Care Team on 0300 303 9888.
We ask that cash donations are not sent in the post but we can accept cheques made out to Help for Heroes, as well as bank transfers or donations made online or over the phone.
You can contact the team on 0300 303 9888 (calls to this number are charged at your standard network rate) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a one-off donation please call our Supporter Care Team on 0300 303 9888 (calls to this number are charged at your standard network rate) or donate online and leave a comment to let us know your gift is in memory.
Whether you call or donate online, please tell us the name of the person you’re commemorating so we can ensure your donation is marked as being in their honour.
Taking part in a Help for Heroes event or sponsored challenge is a great way to create new and happy memories while paying tribute to your loved one.
Whether you’re a keen walker, runner, baker, cyclist, knitter or swimmer, a fabled jam-maker, picture-painter or sponsored silence superstar you can enjoy your favourite hobby and put your talents to the test for a very good cause.
To help us ensure you have everything you need for your event to go smoothly, please get in touch to register it by calling 0300 303 9888 (calls to this number are charged at your standard network rate) or email email@example.com As well as being able to support you in your preparation, we’d also love the chance to thank you and find out more about the very special person who’s inspired you.
Lots of our friends like to set up a page on the Just Giving website as it’s a simple and familiar way of sharing your fundraising story and collecting all of your donations in one place. It can also be a great comfort to read others’ messages of support and know you’re not alone in missing your loved one.
To create an In Memory page on Just Giving, click here and follow the short set of instructions. Remember to mark it as being a Remembrance page and select Help for Heroes as your chosen charity. That will ensure we receive all the information we need to record your collection correctly.
Big or small, every donation makes a difference to our wounded Servicemen and women and their loved ones.
Tuesday 22 December 2015Fisher House was there for Kerry and Nobby, supported by Help for Heroes