Tuesday 7 July 2009

Help for Heroes – the inspiration

Royal Navy Hero the Bear fridge magnet
Bryn Parry served in The Royal Green Jackets for ten years then resigned his commission to become a full-time cartoonist. After visiting wounded soldiers at Selly Oak Hospital and Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, hearing their stories and seeing the superlative medical care they were receiving, he and his wife felt they must do something to help returning injured service personnel. Within a short time Help for Heroes was founded, receiving the full support of General Sir Richard Dannatt KCB CBE MC, Chief of the General Staff.
Help for Heroes is non-political - its sole aim is to raise money for service charities to use as they feel necessary and to this end many fund-raising events have taken place and many more are planned. Some of them are undertaken by survivors, others by relatives and friends of injured personnel.

Royal Marine Hero the Bear fridge magnet
Bryn Parry's cartoon bear, Hero, appears on many items from mugs to mouse mats. Dark blue, light blue and red bands of colour representing the armed forces feature on braces, belts and bow ties among other things.
Fridge magnets, car stickers, lapel pins, note pads – the list of available items is interesting and entertaining.
To discover more about this flourishing charity please visit the site at http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/

PS: I was about to post this blog when Michael Jackson was yet again in the news (hardly news, but that's what it masquerades as!) I was so incensed that I clicked the wrong button, lost the lot and had to start again. According to Sky news nothing else has happened in the world today!

1 comment:

  1. I have often clicked the wrong button and lost hours of work. Makes me wonder how the people who produce the TV News programmes prioritise the stories. I was no fan of Michael Jackson either, and have found the massive coverage over the past few days rather sickening. We have lost seven soldiers in those few days,and hardly a mention for them, and no mention at all for the injured.


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