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Tuesday 20 June 2017

BoB BoS West Updates

Posted by Help For Heroes | Categories: Band Of Brothers , Band Of Sisters , Beneficiaries , Bandstand

South West | Shirley's update

It has been a busy month in the South West. Despite the very changeable weather we have had picnics, green woodworking, walking rugby and coffee mornings throughout the region.

Help for Heroes Plymouth beneficiary returns from the World Dragon Boat Championships 2017, with a shiny bronze medal in tow. Band of Brother Glynn Barrell came to Help for Heroes in 2013 after being medically discharged due to an accident where he was crushed by a metal cage during service. This caused head injuries, a concussion and his femur to snap in two places, which after multiple operations resulted in him having to have his spleen removed and his right leg amputated below the knee.

With the help of his prosthetics and H4H's Sport Recovery programme, Glynn started engaging with the Centre, and soon enough, sport became a big part of his recovery journey.

He said: "A couple of the guys at the Plymouth Recovery Centre mentioned Dragon Boating and how the Execalibre team were looking for more recruits. After I thought about it for a while, I decided, why the heck not?"

Glynn began training with his local club in Exeter, and after lots of hard work and training sessions, he was selected to compete on the Tri-Service Purple Warriors Team - the only UK team to compete. "It's been the best thing I've done for myself in a long time, it gave me drive, focus, and a goal to work towards. Not to mention the other great blokes on the team, who made it all worthwhile."

Out of nine teams in the Paradragon Disability category, the team paddled the 13th fastest time in the whole competition, including the open able-bodied category, to pull an amazing 3rd place, with just 2 seats difference from the silver medal.

Out of the 32 teams in the open able-bodied race, the team made it to the semi-finals and came an outstanding 9th place. Glynn continued: "Once again I have to thank H4H for the support they gave me during this endeavour, more than anything, just being there for me and not letting me give up. It's been invaluable.”

Band of Sisters and children Picnic in Saltram Park

To herald the month of June in Band of Sisters and their children met at Saltram park for a picnic and play day.

The weather was amazing, the children had fun and the Band of Sisters enjoyed time together.

“Thank you for organising this, the children have really enjoyed meeting up again and it’s so nice to chill out with other Band of Sisters.” - Heather Cruse

Exeter Chiefs visit Plymouth RC for Veterans Friday

Coaches from Exeter Chiefs came to Plymouth Recovery Centre to deliver a fun walking rugby session for Help for Heroes beneficiaries. Teaching new skills, drills, and training techniques which allow those who are less able to play high-impact sport, the opportunity to be involved in the game at their own pace. The morning involved lots of laughs and was at a perfect temperature, with no rain in sight!

Coming up:

  • More outreach and coffee mornings throughout the region.
  • We will be at the Yeovil Air show on Saturday 9 July.
  • An afternoon at The Garden House Buckland Monachorum with tea and scones!

Wales | Ruth's update

I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely weather! I can honestly say, it is so nice walking around and not having my wellies or my waterproofs in my bag. You lovely bunch are most probably feeling exactly the same!

This month in Wales the team have been very busy working behind the scenes looking at some wonderful new activities and making future plans so you can all be included in something fun. Whether it be a day out, some arts and crafts or sporting activities.

As you all know we have a wonderful sports coordinator, Emily “The Terminator” Griffiths, organising some really amazing activities for you. From swimming, wheelchair tennis to spin and so much more. Please keep an eye on your mail boxes so you can participate with the rest of the gang.

We have also had an extremely beneficial focus group where some lovely members of the fellowship came and asked questions and gave their input as to what you all think will work well in Wales and what doesn’t. The team are now working on this to bring you all the best we can so that you all can benefit from what the fellowship offers.

The team have been holding coffee mornings all over, so we can sit down, have a giggle, get to know you all a lot better and most importantly so you can let us know what you think and make new friends.

If you can’t make it on the dates the coffee mornings are held, you are all more than welcome to come into the office and meet us. If you wish to do so please contact me on ruth.hitchings@helpforheroes.org.uk it would be lovely to see you.

It really would be lovely to see as many of you as possible. You can also have a look around the sports village in Newport and see what our other lovely members are getting up to.

What’s happening next month?

  • Coffees
  • Swimming and Spin
  • Tee It Up Golf (virtual reality courses) see what it's like to play golf in Dubai!
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