“People laid down their lives so that others can live theirs, and a war memorial will be a good place for us to reflect and remember them. But it’s important we look to the future, and continue helping the wounded, injured and sick who are still on their recovery journeys.”
– Jon ‘Frenchie’ Le Galloudec, H4H Ambassador
Help for Heroes Ambassador Jon ‘Frenchie’ Le Galloudec was injured in Iraq in 2007, and is just one of thousands of Help for Heroes beneficiaries who have come to us for support having served in recent conflict. You can read more about Frenchie’s story here.
Later this morning, a number of Help for Heroes beneficiaries have been invited to attend the unveiling of a new memorial by Her Majesty The Queen in London for the UK Armed Forces who served in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan from 1990-2015.
As Frenchie says, a war memorial for these conflicts serves as a perfect way to honour all those who have served.
Without the continued support of the generous public, Help for Heroes would not have been able to support veterans such as Neil Heritage, who was one of the first double amputee survivors of recent conflicts. Help for Heroes supported Neil in finding the best prosthetic legs to make walking and running much easier, and in the years since he was wounded in Iraq, Neil has walked 10,000 miles on prosthetic legs and rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic as part of his recovery journey.
Frenchie too has reached new heights since his injury, climbing both Mount Kilimanjaro and to the Base Camp of Mount Everest. He said: "I want to raise awareness and show that the public's continued support for our country's wounded soldiers is still needed. And if I can inspire even one wounded soldier to realise that being injured doesn't mean you have to stop living or doing the things you love, then I've done my job."