Helping us help our Heroes
At Help for Heroes, we believe those who serve our country deserve support when they’re wounded.
Every day, men and women have to leave their career in the Armed Forces as a result of physical or psychological wounds; their lives changed forever. Between 1999 and 2019, more than 40,000 servicemen and women were medically discharged and, every day, four more military careers come to an end due to injury or illness.
We help them, and those still serving, to recover and get on with their lives - providing physical, psychological, financial and welfare support for as long as they need it. We also support their families, because they too can be affected by their loved one’s wounds.
With almost no funding from the Government, to keep going we rely on the spirit and generosity of our partners, volunteers and you – the great British public.
So far, with your help, we've supported more than 26,500 people – but we know that many more still need us, which is why we’re asking for your support, here’s why.
Since March 2020 alone, we’ve experienced a surge in demand for our services with a 33 per cent increase in those coming forward for mental health support compared to last year. There’s also been a 30 per cent increase in referrals to our veterans’ clinical services.
At the height of the pandemic over 3,160 veterans and families received vital support, including grants for those in financial need, and access to our Fellowship networks for those experiencing isolation.
Alongside this, the events of 2020 put all planned face-to-face fundraising activities and events on hold – resulting in our income falling significantly. We also expect that there will be a 30 per cent reduction in our regular income over the coming years as Covid-19 continues to dampen the economy.
14 years ago, we promised to be here for our wounded heroes for as long as they need us. To make sure we keep our promise, we need your support now more than ever.
Your help allows us to provide essential one-to-one services; such as clinical services, psychological support and help with welfare. It also enables us to run our unique Recovery College - providing veterans with courses that empower them to achieve their recovery and life goals. Your support also means we can run our sports, leisure and wellbeing activities, all of which offer a lifeline to those missing the camaraderie of their days in the military.
By choosing to support us today, you’ll ensure our life-changing services are protected, so that, together, we can keep the promise we made on behalf of the nation in 2007.
From fundraising to company schemes, there are many ways to help our wounded:
Fundraise: Whether taking part in an event or challenge like Heroes Ride 200 or Hero Up, to setting up your own event, such as a walking challenge, or Facebook birthday fundraiser. You’ll find lots of ideas, including Covid-safe fundraising, here: helpforheroes.org.uk/give-support/fundraise
Company support: Getting your company involved in fundraising is a brilliant way to motivate your workforce as staff members across all levels can work towards a common positive goal. We run a successful Charity of the Year (COTY) programme, as well as a Give as You Earn scheme. For help, or to find out more, contact our Supporter Care Team on 0300 303 9888.
Additionally, you could look at signing up to be a Commercial Partner.
For more information visit: helpforheroes.org.uk/give-support/partner-with-us/