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Thank you for your interest in Help for Heroes.

Our Trustees, beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and supporters believe that every man and woman whose life has been affected by military service deserves a fair deal in the years that follow.

Help for Heroes will ensure that all those who have served in the British Armed Forces have every opportunity to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives.

The needs of these beneficiaries and their families are growing, not diminishing. This is because complex physical wounds sustained during Britain’s conflicts and training exercises are combining with emerging psychological issues. These hidden wounds can be just as damaging.

The scale of the task is huge, but Help for Heroes has a track record of bringing positive and progressive change to the wider military charity sector:

  • A nationwide Recovery network has been built from scratch. Four purpose-built Help for Heroes Recovery Centres were designed, funded and opened in the space of four years.
  • The Help for Heroes Fellowships for our wounded, the Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters number almost 10,000 members and are growing at a rate of 1,500 a year.
  • As a result, every month the charity helps more than 20 beneficiaries speak out publicly about their experiences, breaking taboo and stigma around mental and physical health, and encouraging others to seek support.
  • The charity remains at the forefront of Sports Recovery. Help for Heroes has unique partnerships with HRH Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, the British Paralympic Association and every major para-sport National Governing Body in the UK. Beneficiaries have won multiple Paralympic medals in London and Rio, and competed at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi. Every year the charity runs 300 Sports Recovery events covering all levels of ability.
  • Help for Heroes has relentlessly championed the men and women behind the military uniform, and successfully de-coupled the public’s views of conflict from the desire to support those sent to fight.
  • The charity, through the Contact military mental health group, was a founder partner of the Heads Together mental health campaign led by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
  • To date, Help for Heroes has awarded over 11,000 grants direct to individuals to a value of more than £11m. A further £40m has been awarded in grants to specialist Charity Partners.

Next year, 2018, marks the 10th anniversary of Help for Heroes. This is a significant milestone on the journey to reach every one of the thousands who need help now or who may need support in the future.

The new CEO, Mel Waters, and the Senior Management Team are committed to ensuring a fair deal for all those affected by service, as are our 1,900 volunteers and 380 staff, many of them recognised experts in fields ranging from clinical care to fundraising, IT, HR, marketing and communications.

In the year ahead, a year which marks the centenary of the end of the Great War, Help for Heroes will be instrumental in securing better outcomes for those who serve in our Armed Forces than ever before. It is a critically important time for a charity which has always punched way above its weight in terms of public attention and awareness. The Chairman and Trustees will be at the heart of the charity’s new strategy at a time when the attention of the whole Nation will turn to the way in which we treat our wounded, injured or sick Veterans and Serving Personnel. 

For the last six years, the charity has been ranked among the Top Ten charity brands by the YouGov polling agency. A leading agency, Aesop, has rated Help for Heroes as the best emotional storytelling organisation (bar none) in the UK, and Third Sector’s Harris Interactive polling consistently places the charity highly in rankings for relevance and communication.

This provides huge opportunities to engage all audiences; both private individuals and public companies. H4H collaborates with GE, Debenhams, Tesco, Moto, Jaguar Land Rover, Cadburys and many more global corporations. This work extends not only to fundraising and donations of skill or expertise, but also to the practical delivery of support to those who matter most; our existing and prospective beneficiaries.

These partnerships are vital to the future of Help for Heroes as 97% of all funds raised to date have come from donations or from commercial activity via routes which include a limited trading company. The charity is not beholden to Government for funding or for paid service delivery contracts.

Many beneficiaries will need some form of support throughout their lives, and the precise scale of this commitment is becoming clearer thanks to the charity’s work with globally recognised academic partners. There are major ongoing investments in research to understand the exact number of men and women who will need the charity in the years to come, and precisely what needs they will have as they grow old. Research by Kings College London concluded in 2016 found that following the Nation’s conflicts between the 1991 Gulf War and the drawdown from Afghanistan in 2014, at least 65,000 men and women will need some form of support with either physical health or psychological wellbeing issues. This equates to 1 in 11 of the 757,000 who served as Regulars during this period.

In summary, Help for Heroes is a charity which is faithful to those in need of support, agile in capability and thinking, and utterly motivated to ensure a fair deal for everyone who has come to harm as a result of their service to the Nation.

Why Help for Heroes is Different

Few charities are fortunate enough to have the vision and dedication of their Founders to draw upon as and when required. None of the achievements to date would have been possible without Bryn and Emma Parry, who Co-Founded the charity in 2007 and set out to 'just do something' to help those wounded in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Initial plans to raise £500,000 on a Big Battlefield Bike Ride led to a meeting with General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army at the time, who suggested that they put any funds raised towards a much needed swimming pool at Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

With the help of the media, celebrities and The Royal Family, the new charity caught the imagination of the British Public and by the end of the bike ride on 1st June 2008, Help for Heroes had raised £6m. By that time, the Trustees had clearly established that the needs of our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women went beyond building a swimming pool, and the charity should continue and focus on the long term support of those affected by service.

In 2016, Bryn and Emma stepped aside from their roles at Help for Heroes. However, the availability of direct links to the very origins of this young charity makes Help for Heroes special. It is one of many points of difference which continue to attract highly motivated staff, volunteers, trustees and supporters from a wide range of backgrounds including the entertainment, media, retail, finance, academic, sport and military sectors.

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