The tour of the 40,000 Strong mini installations has continued around the country, making a stop at Asda in Farnborough over the weekend. The installation was hosted by Ambassador, Paul Colling, who is 1 of the 7 Veterans fronting the campaign and was supported by some of our amazing volunteers.
Area Fundraising Manager for the South, John Carpenter, shares how it all went:
What a fantastic weekend! Paul Colling, one of our Ambassadors for the 40,000 Strong campaign, held a collection at his local Asda in Farnborough and was supported by some fantastic volunteers. With friends, family, store staff, Help for Heroes volunteers and even the local council Mayor, Sue Carter, putting in some time over the weekend - it was a huge success.
Everyone's favourite, Hero Bear, was there to show his support in his Navy uniform, which, in a town local to a few Army garrisons was very brave!
The mini installation proved very popular, especially with the kids who kept trying to count how many figures there were. It also provided the team with a great opportunity to engage with the public on the challenges that Veterans still face today when they are medically discharged and how they can get involved to show their support.
Paul has previously only collected at our national collections so this was his first as a volunteer. In total he and his team raised a brilliant total of £2118 over the weekend! What a way to kick off your first collection!
Well done to all involved - the 40,000 Strong tour continues!