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Bob and Katherine Cubbitt

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When World War Two veteran, Katherine Cubitt, passed away in 2018 she very kindly left a gift to us in her Will. Katherine’s son, Bob, learnt how legacies like his mum’s help our wounded heroes.

“You could say we’re a military family, ” Bob explained. “My grandfather was in the Navy in WWI and my parents served in the Army during WWII: my father was an Army Commando from 1938-61 and my mother from 1940-44. They inspired me to join the RAF and my son to join the Army.”

Bob’s parents supported service charities throughout their lives, but it was a very special guest at his father’s funeral that inspired his mum to remember us in her Will.

“The funeral collection was for service charities and their importance was really brought home to us by the attendance of a family friend who’d been seriously injured while serving in Afghanistan.

"He was a triple amputee and it was in the early days of his recovery; so it meant a great deal to us that he had come to pay his respects.

“Seeing him there made us realise that injured veterans’ care needs don’t stop when they leave hospital. Here was this young man who was going to need help for the rest of his life. And if it wasn’t for charities like Help for Heroes, these people would pretty much be on their own.

“This prompted my mother to leave a gift in her Will. It wasn’t much, but it was important to her to help the charity continue its work.”

Seeing legacies at work

It was our pleasure to welcome Bob and his wife to one of our recovery centres back in 2019, where they heard about the life-changing services we offer veterans, serving personnel and families.

From art therapy, clinical support, counselling and welfare grants to adapted sports, our fellowship networks and social activities; there was a lot to learn about.

Although we’re no longer operating out of the recovery centres, we’re still delivering the same wide range of services online, in veteran’s homes and in safe community settings.

This means we can help even more people each year, including those who found it hard to reach a centre.

Reflecting on his visit, Bob told us:

“I’m incredibly proud of my mum. She served her country, raised a family in difficult times and always thought of others – even at the last. If my mum’s legacy has contributed in some small way to Help for Heroes’ work, that’s brilliant.”

“I had already included the charity in my Will, but after my visit I went home and increased the amount.

“I would urge anyone reading this to consider leaving a gift in your Will. You have no idea how many people you will be helping, or how much your help means to them.

“So long as we have wars we will need charities like Help for Heroes and I am proud that my family can be associated with them.”

TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE AND CAUSES YOU LOVE

We helped Bob and Katherine look to the future and we’d love to help you too. Find out more about our Free Will-Writing Service or contact Beth on 01725 514965 or email legacies@helpforheroes.org.uk.

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