The Help for Heroes Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) is our way of getting swift financial support to those with life-changing injuries and illnesses, whilst simultaneously assisting their families. The QRF can essentially be used for anything that alleviates the distress caused by injury or illness.
The QRF is delivered directly by us, or administered for us through the Services' own charities, and aims to provide support within 72 hours in urgent cases.
In December 2014, the QRF awarded a total of 74 individual grants to the value of £92,000. Below are some examples of individuals who benefitted from our QRF in December:
- Region: North East. Grant: £1,000
Having served for 10 years in a number of Army regiments, 27 year old Gerry was medically discharged in 2014. During his time in service he suffered both physical injuries as a result of a training incident and PTSD due to time spent on active duty in the Middle East. Now having made the transmission to civvy street, Gerry intends to start a personal training and sports therapy business with his wife, who is already qualified. Gerry approached Help for Heroes to explore whether support would be available to help with his own training costs. In December 2014, Help for Heroes awarded Gerry a grant of £1000, which will be combined with his own Enhanced Learning Credits from his time spent in the military to support the costs of training. This will enable Gerry and his wife to establish a business and build a future together beyond injury.
- Region: Scotland. Grant: £800
34 year old Lottie served for seven years with the Armed Forces before being medically discharged in 2008. Lottie saw active service in Iraq and now suffers from PTSD, depression and has the challenge of long-term pain management from an injury she sustained on tour. Lottie recently moved house and requested support from Help for Heroes with some basic household materials as she is not currently working and therefore has no household income. In December, Help for Heroes provided a grant of £800 to Lottie to ensure she can live comfortably and independently in her new home.
- Region: Wales. Grant: £500
52 year old Liam served two years with the British Armed Forces before being medically discharged as a result of leg injuries suffered during training. Since leaving the Forces he has built a life for himself using the skills he learnt during his time in service until his condition deteriorated to such a point that it was impossible for him to continue working. Now unemployed, Liam has recently found a new place to live and requested support with furnishings. In December, Help for Heroes provided a grant of £500 for the purchase of household goods that would enable Liam to make a comfortable start in his new home.
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