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Wednesday 02 August 2017

BoB BoS West Updates

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

South West | Shirley's update

A UK Team of 40 wounded, injured and sick military competitors, including Ex-Naval Able Seaman Sarah McJury from Plymouth, competed at this year’s Warrior Games in Chicago.

There was a great result for local Band of Brother, Sarah, when she entered the shotput, discus throwing and swimming events winning 2 gold medals in discus and shotput. Well done Sarah!

There is plenty going on in the South West this coming month as well as activities in Plymouth Recovery Centre including, wheelchair rugby, archery, photography, art, walking football and use of the pool and gym during veterans Friday which is held each Friday in Plymouth NSRC.

What’s coming up in August:

  • Redruth Region Get Together/Outreach: Cornwall, 10 August
  • BoB/BoS Pamper Afternoon: Plymouth, 12 August
  • Picnic and day at the Eden Project: Cornwall, 17 August

If you need any more information or to sign up for any of the above events or would like more information on accessing Plymouth RC please email Shirley.gray@helpforheroes.org.uk

Wales | Ruth's update

July has been a busy month for the Help for Heroes Wales team. Emily our Sports Coordinator has just returned from the Warrior Games in Chicago where she supported the team obtain their fantastic medal haul. In addition to the regular swimming and wheelchair tennis sessions she hosts in the Newport International Sports Village every Tuesday; she has also started Pilates and spin sessions at the Nuffield Health Centre in Bridgend.

Coffee Mornings

One of our main objectives over the past few months has been to establish regular coffee mornings/drop in sessions in various cities, towns and villages throughout South Wales. This has included regular meetings in the Caerphilly Miners Community Centre and the Teapot in Cwmavon. We also held a drop in session in Tesco in Aberystwyth. In August we will be at the VC Gallery in Haverfordwest.

Virtual Golf

On 6 July, there was a Band of Brothers ‘Tee It Up’ interactive golf session in Cardiff. It was a great event where the blokes played on golf courses around the world. Not sure any are budding professional golfers but everyone had a good time - even Patrick, who lost his club mid-swing!

Wimbledon

Help for Heroes Wales were lucky to have tickets for Wimbledon and so on 12 July, Shelley and two Band of Brothers and a Band of Sister watched the men’s quarter finals on Centre Court, tickets courtesy of the Not for Gotten Association. A wonderful experience for them all.

Dunkirk

On 24 July, Shelley and Alison took a group of 18 Band of Brothers/Sisters to watch blockbuster Dunkirk at the cinema in Treforest. It was an excellent film which everyone seemed to enjoy watching it.

What's coming up in August:

The Recovery team have been working closely with the fundraising team helping, supporting and giving advice at a number of summer shows. These have included the two-day Wales Air show in Swansea, the three-day Bridgend show and the four-day Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells. August sees us working at the Vale of Glamorgan show, Chepstow show and Army Fest in Pembrey.

Whilst we have been busy ensuring that beneficiaries are aware that Help for Heroes is in Wales, we have missed our wonderful Band of Brother/Sister coordinator Ruth. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to having her back in the office soon. We miss her laughter, craziness and her enthusiasm for the blokes and Help for Heroes. Get well soon!

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