Thousands of veterans will spend this Christmas lonely and isolated*. Battling mental trauma. In pain. Living with disability. Cut off from the world.
At a time when there’s constant pressure to be having fun, the isolation can be overwhelming. The silence can be deafening.
This Christmas we are asking you to send a message of hope and support to a veteran.
Your message will let them know they are not forgotten.
83,000 veterans in Great Britain are always lonely*
source: YouGov, 2022
That’s why what we do at Help for Heroes is more important than ever.
Last December we saw a 77 per cent jump in requests for support compared to the previous year**.
With specialist support carefully tailored to each individual, we enable veterans and their families to lift themselves out of loneliness and isolation.
We help people improve their physical and mental health. We help veterans find friendship, housing, and employment. And we help people find a purpose and a place in society again.
But there are many more veterans out there in need of help.
Veterans who risked their lives for our safety and security.
We’re asking you to write a message of support to thank a veteran for their service and to show them they are not forgotten.
Your words could be a beacon of hope in the darkness.
If you or someone you know served in the military and are in need of support, please get in touch today.
Help encourage others to send a message to a veteran this Christmas by sharing our campaign on your own social media accounts:
*4% of veterans in Great Britain described themselves as always feeling lonely according to an online survey carried out by YouGov Plc between 20th - 22nd July 2022. Total sample size 455 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults who previously served in the military (aged 18+). This represents 83,000 from a population of 2.03m veterans in Great Britain.
**In December 2022 Help for Heroes received 255 requests for support, compared to 144 in December 2021.