BoB BoS West Update

Tuesday 10 April 2018

National updates

Updates from the North

Updates from the East

Updates from the South

Shirley’s update: South West

Once again the Beast from the East hit us all, but in between times we all cracked on with it!

Help for Heroes’ Gig Rowing Team has opened it's 2018 season with the six-mile Three Rivers Race.

When a team of wounded, injured and sick Veterans and Serving Personnel first came together in 2015 at Help for Heroes’ Recovery Centre in Plymouth to take part in a new Recovery activity, the aim was to simply finish the race. Now the 2018 team’s aim is to better the previous year’s achievements, while also being rewarded with the wealth of mental and physical health benefits rowing provides.

The crew, in boat Help for Heroes Valiant, shaved four minutes off their 2017 time and gained 17 places finishing 55th of 79. It is a cliché to say it is not about the winning, but for these men who have put their lives on the line for us, taking part is their second chance. 

New to the team this year, Royal Marine and BoB Ian McCormack said: “High impact sports no longer work for me, so rowing is ideal. I really missed doing competitive sport and being part of a team. Doing sport helps me regain as much of my old life as I can.”

Our Community Focus Programme has been well and truly launched. On Wednesday 21st March we returned to Carn Brea leisure centre in Pool, Redruth. BoB and BoS came along and enjoyed a game of Boccia with Kate, Sports Recovery Plymouth.

We would welcome you along to any of the Community Focus Programme days in your area.

It’s an opportunity to access all things Help for Heroes as well as meet other Bob and BoS and take part in some of the leisure centre activities. If you are interested in joining us please email me on:  Shirley.gray@helpforheroes.org.uk

Keep an eye on your emails for all upcoming dates.

The Community Focus Programme is run in the following areas: Redruth, Taunton, Barnstaple, and Exmouth.

Coming up in April:

Barnstaple Community Focus Programme

North Devon Leisure Centre

10.04.2018

Family day at the Eden Project

Bodelva Cornwall

11.04.2018

Green woodworking

Tyntesfield Somerset

19.04.2018

Afternoon tea for BoS

Tudor Rose tea rooms Barbican Plymouth

21.04.2018

Community Focus Programme

Exmouth LED leisure centre

25.04.2018

Ruth’s update: Wales

Helo I bawb a chroeso,

We have had a fantastic month in Wales! From lots of lovely new members joining the fellowship to drop-ins and a cuppa with everyone all over Wales. We have also held some really great events where members got to meet, have fun and make new friends.

We are holding regular monthly drop-ins for everyone to come along to around Wales where you can ask any questions you all may have, and put suggestions forward as to what you would all like to see in the near future. They are also a chance for you all to pop along and have a cuppa and a chat with other members from your local area.

As you are all aware we have had particularly odd weather this spring with the Beast from the East causing complete chaos and Snowmageddon through the whole region. Our team are now hoping Jack Frost has finished having a laugh at us all, so that we can get out and about and see you wonderful lot! If you have any fantastic snow pictures, please share them with the team as we would love to see what you have all been up to and all the fun you had.

Funny Fact: “The biggest snowman of all time was created in 2008 in Maine. The snowman was a whopping 122 feet tall and was named Olympia.” 

We have had a lot of you come forward recently and offer your time for volunteering for the whole team! We have had lots of fantastic feedback about how much fun you are all having and how warm and welcoming everyone is. We would like to thank everyone who has offered to generously gift their precious time.

Sports:  If you have missed the “Margam Park Residential” Offer. It is a 4-day residential with body boarding, archery, raft building and so much more. It is going to be an amazing opportunity to make new friends and enjoy much-missed team building activities. Please get in touch for more information.

So, what’s happening in April I hear you say?

Newport Sports Village Coffee and Drop in Hub

Newport

10th April

Bulldog Drop in hub in Swansea

Swansea

27th April

Coffee and Drop in Hub at the VC Gallery

Haverford West

3rd April

Coffee and Drop in Clinic in Colwyn

North Wales

12th April

Coffee and Drop in Clinic at Nuffield Health

Bridgend

18th April


Also, our Sports Recovery sessions are continuing in April. We would like to see as many of you as possible at the sports village in Newport and Nuffield Health Club in Bridgend. Finally, there will be lots of fun and interesting things to do over the following months. If you like what you have read so far, why not come and join in!

If you need to get in touch, please do email me on ruth.hitchings@helpforheroes.org.uk

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