2014 was another year full of amazing supporter activity. Colossal efforts from cake-mad bakers and 600 mile coastal trekkers exemplify the type of incredible people we have raising money for Help for Heroes.
But the point of this post is to highlight some of the support that may have gone under the radar over the last 12 months (and to glance back at some of the more talked about fundraisers).
Ian Ashpital is playing Ernie Wise in a delightful homage to one of Britian's most loved comedy duos. The show, Eric and Little Earne, is touring 55 dates around the country and will be collecting money for H4H after each show. So far they've raised £12,160.99. They're aiming to reach £15,000! See their Bmycharity page here.
Christian Nockis an extraordinary fundraiser who walked the coastline of Britain. Nock's epic adventure took him 18 months to complete (from 8/8/2012 - 14/3/2014) and all that walking wore out 14 pairs of walking boots! In total, Nock raised a staggering £182,195 for Help for Heroes.
The West End Heroes was held in the Dominion Theatre and hosted by Michael Ball. The lovely song-and-dance event raised over £100,000 for H4H, smashing its initial target. The show suceeded in uniting the casts of several West End musicals with West End soloists, dancers, and the finest UK military bands and musicians that culminated in a dazzling display of song mash-ups and eye-opening choreography.
Nick Hancock - another memorable fundraiser - essentially spent six weeks over June and July living on a rock in the remote North Atlantic. For his troubles - or not, if you're into living remotely and sleeping in a converted water tank - Hancock raiased over £10,000 for Help for Heroes. He also broke the record for the longest time spent on the rock: 45 days in total.
The Agile Awards, which took place on the 20th of November 2014, supported Help for Heroes throughout 2014 and raised £20,000 for us in 2014. The point of the Agile Awards is to showcase the greatest Agile achievements from the previous 12 months.
The National Golf Club Challenge (NGCC) is the UK's biggest Amateur Charity Golf Tournament, where clubs from around the country come together in mass competition to raise money for H4H. Across the year the event raised over £140,000. As well as the competition, the NGCC held a golfing auction where they auctioned off holidays, equipment, experiences and loads more.
On the 1st of June 2014, the world's first Para Polo match took place in the stunning grounds of Tedworth House Recovery Centre. The Best of British Polo match, the Heroes' Cup raised a tremendous £15,000 for H4H, and was a result of several months worth of training some of our veteran wounded, injured, and sick Servicemen personnel.