Alan’s Update: Midlands Region
So the month of February with Valentines and much snow at the end draws to a close, and here’s hoping March warms up!
In the past few weeks we have had ticket offers for the Rep in Birmingham, plenty of you attend our Half Term Family Lunch in Cannock, shown your talent model making at Fisher House and a few brave (Daft!) souls battled the freezing cold to mountain bike around the countryside outside of Wolverhampton. Thank you to everyone who has got along to support these events and the feedback says you are enjoying them which is great! The weather meant the postponement of the football at WBA but we are back there in April so get along if you can…
Looking forward we have Help for Heroes: LIVE! on our patch on Saturday 17th March and really hoping to see loads of you there on the day. It promises to be something special so please take the opportunity to find out about the breadth of support available across the whole of the charity. We are her to support you in so many ways.
Lots of exciting stuff to look forward to and remember if you have ideas or suggestions send them across and I will do my best to see what is feasible, and here are some dates for your diary already:
Saturday 10th March- Hednesford Breakfast Get Together
Tuesday 13th March- Mansfield Lunch Get Together
Wednesday 14th March- Worcester Curry Night
Saturday 17th March-H4H Live at The NEC
Tuesday 3rd April-Chocolate Hunt & Sausage Fest Shropshire
Thursday 19th April-BoB FC football in Oldbury
Tuesday 24th April-Model Making Fisher House Birmingham
Looking further forward. Yes, the 3rd Midlands Black Tie Ball will be taking place! The date will be Saturday 29th September and all being well, and some ongoing negotiation, will take place at The Nottingham Belfry so get the date in your diary.
Lastly a plea, if you apply for an event, please make every effort to attend, nonattendance continues at almost every event and every penny we use is raised by the British public to support your recovery.
Thank you and hope to see loads of you at the NEC!
Lindsay’s Update: Midlands Region
As I write this, I am sitting in my lounge as I am snowed in! I hope, if the bad weather is affecting you, you are keeping safe and warm. Personally, I cannot wait for Spring!
What a busy month February was, we have enjoyed some lovely events and catch ups.
It started with a visit to Colchester Recovery Centre from Strategy, Innovations and Partnerships Director, Kevin Rennie and CEO Mel Waters. They joined some BoB and BoS for coffee and cake and had some really useful discussions.
The Vamos Theatre Company performed “Brave Face” at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester. BoB and BoS were invited to a special production of the play. It was an amazing piece of theatre, with actors wearing masks and no words were spoken. It followed the story of a young soldier serving in Afghanistan and the issues he and his family face on his return. The story was created from two years of research with the Theatre Company working closely with people supported by Help for Heroes.
Probably our most popular event in February was our visit to Colchester United Football Club. The Mayor of Colchester had an auction for his chosen charities, Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Chavasse VC House being one of them, where an Executive Box for 10 people was up for auction. Philip Lawrence was the highest bidder, for the Box for 10 people, a two-course meal and free drinks, and then very kindly offered the box to us. We were also given a stadium tour before the game and we met some of the players, as you can see from the picture. Everyone had a great evening, along with Philip and Colchester even managed a 2-1 win over Coventry.
Another very popular event was the visit to the Battle of Britain Memorable Flight at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. 20 Beneficiaries joined me and we were treated to a special tour of the hangar.
I am now spending time planning some spring and summer events, and also some Easter holiday activities, so I hope to see you all over the coming months.
Coming up in March:
Last chance to build a hurdle fence.
Essex Wildlife Trust, Colchester.
Help for Heroes: LIVE
Lunch in Bedfordshire
Hungry Horse, 397 Goldington Road, Bedford, MK41 0DS
9th, 10th and 11th March
Band of Sisters Respite Weekend – places have all been allocated. Please look out for further Respite weekends later in the year.
Chavasse VC House - Colchester