Dedicated Help for Heroes supporters Mike and Sue Jackson, held a special gathering at the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester, Chavasse VC House, on Saturday 21 February to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who have helped them raise over £100,000.
The couple and their daughter Nia began fundraising in memory of their son-in-law, Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna of A Company, 1 Rifles who was killed on active service in Afghanistan on 23 May 2011 and for his many comrades who have suffered life-changing injuries. Initially, they set a target of £10,000 which was quickly reached as Nia (Kevin’s widow), Mike, Sue and an army of volunteers took part in various challenges such as skydiving, marathon running, hog roasts and bike rides.
In December 2014 the funds reached £100,000 and still continue to rise. Help for Heroes recognised Mike and Sue’s outstanding fundraising achievements with a Heroes Award last year and Saturday’s event was the couple’s way of thanking their friends for helping to hit the phenomenal figure.
Approximately 30 friends attended the celebration where they enjoyed a Ghurkha curry, a glass of bubbly and a tour of Chavasse VC House. They also heard from Centre Manager Steve Schollar who told them how the money raised directly helps the wounded, injured and sick men and women of the armed forces through recovery activities such as well-being treatments, sports recovery programmes and welfare support.
“What Mike, Sue and all their friends and family have achieved is remarkable. All of us here at the Recovery Centre are in awe of the efforts and tireless dedication they have shown. Quite simply, Help for Heroes would not be able to exist without people like Mike and I cannot thank them enough.”
Writing on his bmycharity page Mike said:
“So, the challenge to raise money goes on. I have 81 collecting tubs and 22 boxes of wristbands and lapel pins in shops, pubs, gyms, offices and people’s houses and will be organising and running more events. The charity webpage will remain open indefinitely so any donations … will be very much appreciated and will make a big difference to the lives of our brave heroes.
We started with modest intentions and I can't believe the generosity of everyone around us. We never dreamed of reaching £50k but once we did, we thought we could do it again and by December 2014 we had. So, what next? Just keep going, I suppose, and see what happens!”
Congratulations Mike and Sue and a huge thank you from all of us at Help for Heroes!
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