It's about the blokes, our men and women of the Armed Forces. It's about Derek, a rugby player who has lost both his legs, it's about Carl whose jaw is wired up so he has been drinking through a straw. It's about Richard who was handed a mobile phone as he lay on the stretcher so he could say goodbye to his wife. It's about Ben, it's about Steven and Andy and Mark, it's about them all. They are just blokes but they are our blokes; they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes."This quotation is taken from the Help for Heroes home page. Help for Heroes, often designated Help4Heroes or simply H4H, is a charity that was launched on 1st October, 2007 by Bryn and Emma Parry and some friends. Bryn was an ex-Serviceman still in touch with his old regiment, The Royal Green Jackets (now the Rifles). He had become very concerned at the rising level of casualties returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and the lack of support for them. Following a visit to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham where casualties are taken for treatment they were so moved by the brave young people they met that they felt they had to do something to help and so H4H was created.
A great variety of fundraising events have swelled the coffers, like climbing Kilimanjaro, dog sledding in Norway, cycling round France, cake sales, sponsored head shaving, London Marathon, skydiving, coffee mornings – and many of the participants are military personnel disabled through service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
On Sunday 12th September a concert will take place at Twickenham. The line-up includes Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Katherine Jenkins, Bruce Forsyth, Jack Dee and many others, all of whom have waived their fees for the performance.
To date H4H has raised over £64m. Some of the young men and women it helps will require assistance for the rest of their lives, having sustained serious injuries that make daily life an ongoing challenge.
You can find out more about H4H here.
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