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How Royal Navy veteran Mike is carving out a career making world-class cricket bats
Mike Kennedy, an injured Navy veteran, has created a limited-edition, handmade cricket bat to raise money for Help for Heroes. Mike sustained massive injuries to his lower back in a rocket attack in Iraq in 2008, and spent the next five years in and out of rehab. In a bid to forge a new career, Mike, an outstanding cricketer, received support from Help for Heroes to get back on his feet, regain his confidence and he began to shape his future in cricket.
How we are collaborating with communities and local clubs to develop inclusive health and wellbeing opportunities
We know, first-hand, the power that sport can play in people's physical and psychological recovery if they experience a life changing injury or illness. Last year alone, nearly one in two of our veterans requested access to health and wellbeing activities to aid their recovery.
Our response to The Budget March 2021
While we are concerned about the lack of financial support for the NHS, Social Care services and the Charity sector in general, we welcome the support to the veteran community demonstrated in yesterday’s Budget. This follows a meeting between Help for Heroes CEO Melanie Waters and the Chancellor at the end of last year alongside charity partners to discuss the impact of the pandemic on veterans’ charities.
How the power of sport helps wounded veterans recover post injury
Dean is a Physical Development Coach, who uses the power of sport to help wounded veterans recover post injury. Because Dean himself is a veteran, he has a unique understanding of the challenges many of them face. Dean was injured in Afghanistan in 2010, and it was his own experience of using exercise as part of his recovery that led to him wanting to help others in the same way.
How the Help for Heroes choir creates a special sense of camaraderie for our wounded
Caroline Rawlins joined our Fellowship team in 2017 to lead our Help for Heroes Choir. Having grown up in a military family and a member herself of the Military Wives’ Choir, Caroline understands first hand why singing plays such an important part in the recovery journeys of many of our veterans.
How Sports Recovery is supporting veterans during a second lockdown
When lockdown forced our recovery centres to close, Amy and her team were unable to run their normal activities. However, now Amy is back and excited to be working on a new series of Sports Recovery programmes, all of which can be easily accessed at home by our veterans.