Region served United Kingdom
Founders Bryn Parry, Emma Parry
Official language English
Headquarters Salisbury, United Kingdom
Type Charitable organization
|Purpose Supporting wounded British Armed Forces servicemen and women|
Chief Executive Officer Bryn Parry (co-founder)
Subsidiaries Bmycharity, BmyHero, Help For Heroes Trading Ltd
Similar British Heart Foundation, Royal Society for the Preve, Marie Curie, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wounded Warrior Project
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Help for Heroes (H4H) is a British charity launched on 1 October 2007 to help provide better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty. It was founded by Bryn Parry OBE and his wife Emma Parry OBE after they visited soldiers at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. The charity was launched after a meeting with General Sir Richard Dannatt, the Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army.
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- About us help for heroes in 2015
- Recovery centres
- Sports Recovery programme
- Invictus Games
- Fundraising activities
- Help for Heroes Challenges
- In Support of Help for Heroes Events
- City Salute
- Sporting challenges
- The X Factor charity single
- Help For Heroes Concert 2010
- Convoy for Heroes
- 4x4 European Rally
- Hot Shots Calendar
H4H has attracted high-profile trustees and patrons and has the support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity (formerly the Army Benevolent Fund) and the Ministry of Defence. It has also attracted support from national newspapers in the United Kingdom, such as The Sun and The Sunday Times who made H4H one of the beneficiaries of their Christmas appeal in 2007, raising a total of £674,000 for the charity.
About us help for heroes in 2015
Help for Heroes was co-founded by Bryn Parry and his wife Emma Parry, and launched on 1 October 2007. He had served with the Royal Green Jackets for ten years before leaving to become a cartoonist. The couple visited Selly Oak hospital where they met injured servicemen and women in July 2007 and decided they needed to do something to help. Bryn and Emma Parry were both invested with the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for their services to charity on 25 November 2010.
In May 2013 Help for Heroes hit the headlines when British soldier Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich, London. Rigby had been wearing a Help for Heroes hooded jumper when he was killed, and the charity received over £600,000 in donations in the week following the attack.
In partnership with the Ministry of Defence and The Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes runs four recovery centres across the UK: Tedworth House (Tidworth), Chavasse VC House (Colchester), Naval Service Recovery Centre (Plymouth) and Phoenix House (Catterick). Each centre is a location for the Defence Recovery Capability programme. Participants in the programme receive coordinated medical, psychological and welfare support designed to help them overcome sickness and injury and ultimately return to active duty or transition to civilian life.
Sports Recovery programme
Help for Heroes has been involved with Sports Recovery since 2008, giving the charity’s beneficiaries access to over 50 different sports every year and enabling wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports from grassroots through to performance level.
Help for Heroes works in partnership with the British Paralympic Association, UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport and relevant national governing bodies to introduce military personnel and veterans to Paralympic sport.
Help for Heroes worked in partnership with the Ministry of Defence and The Royal British Legion to support the UK team for the 2016 Invictus Games, held in Orlando, Florida. Help for Heroes was primarily responsible for helping provide the training, selection and development of the 108-strong team.
Help for Heroes grants funds to more than 60 specialist charities including The Prince’s Trust, The Poppy Factory and Combat Stress.
The charity also provides financial support to wounded personnel, veterans and families. The oldest beneficiary of the charity is Robbie Clarke, who was 96 when he received an emergency grant in 2015, to ensure he could remain living at home.
H4H keeps a "running total" on its website which is updated weekly with the total amount raised, which in April 2009 stood at over £19 million. In February 2010, H4H had raised £40 million. In June 2011, the charity announced that it had raised £100 million in under four years. As at September 2012, the figure was £200 million.
Help for Heroes stages a growing calendar of events each year, including the biennial Catterick Ball in North Yorkshire and evenings such as the Tower of London Heroes Dinner hosted by the President of Help for Heroes General Sir Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL. The charity family fun day Heroes Sunday attracted thousands of visitors in 2015.
Help for Heroes Challenges
H4H offers challenges including bike rides in Europe - the Big Battlefield Bike Ride in May 2008 was the inaugural H4H challenge where 300 cyclists biked from the HMS Victory at Portsmouth. The group then cycled through Northern France, tracing some of the region's most significant First World War and Second World War battle sites, and returned to London, which raised £1 million. There have been 5 further bike rides and they are considered one of the charity's main challenges. Supporters also take part in a wide variety of other challenges too, such as treks through Nepal and the Sahara Desert, various marathons from London to Barcelona, the chance to climb Kilimanjaro and 2 one day challenges; a New Forest Bike Ride and a 26-mile walk from Avebury to Stonehenge.
In Support of Help for Heroes Events
On 5 September 2008 H4H held a "Heroes Ball" to raise funds. A charity auction included an RAF donated prize to fly with the Red Arrows, the RAF's Aerobatics Team. The winning bid was £1.5 million which gave the winner, Julie Heselden, the chance for her and eight family members to fly in the display Hawk jets. The RAF said of the bid, "We know it is a special prize -- a once in a lifetime opportunity -- but we are all astounded that someone could be so generous. The RAF is genuinely delighted to have helped in raising such a fantastic amount of money for such a worthwhile charity."
The charity was a joint beneficiary of the "City Salute" held on 8 May 2008 in London, hosted by patron of the charity Jeremy Clarkson and attended by Princes William and Harry who are both members of the armed services.
On 20 September 2008, Twickenham Stadium hosted a challenge rugby union match featuring rugby players from around the world which raised £1.1m and was televised live. The match featured a "Help for Heroes XV" and an "International Select XV". Former England captains, Phil de Glanville and Lawrence Dallaglio acted as team manager and captain respectively for the H4H XV with Welsh rugby players, Ieuan Evans and Scott Gibbs filling the same roles for the International Select XV. The teams, included players from the Guinness Premiership, National Division One, the Magners League, overseas players and players from the Armed Forces.
The Help for Heroes XV won the match 29-10 in front of a crowd of 52,254 which included The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Performing at the event were the Band of the Royal Hospital School, Blake, Escala and the Royal Marines Commandos abseil team.
A second rugby match, 'The Heroes Rugby Challenge' was played on 3 December 2011 at Twickenham Stadium. The match will feature Lawrence Dallaglio, Jason Leonard and Ieuan Evans managing the H4H Northern Hemisphere XV against a Southern Hemisphere team, coached by Wayne Smith and Nick Mallett and overseen by Michael Lynagh and Sean Fitzpatrick.
On 12 November 2009, a football match was held at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, Berkshire, between an England XI team and a Rest of the World XI team, playing for the Heroes Cup. Both teams comprised ex-professional footballers, other sportspersons and celebrities, and footballing members of the Armed Forces. The match was broadcast live on ITV4 and BFBS, and was commentated on by Peter Dury and Joe Royle. The Rest of the World beat England 4-1.
The X Factor charity single
On 15 October 2010, it was revealed that the finalists of the seventh series of The X Factor finalists would be recording a version of David Bowie's 1977 song "Heroes". The song was released in aid of H4H and the Royal British Legion. All sixteen finalists of Series 7 performed the song on 20 November 2010's results show. In the first week of its release, it went straight to number 1 and sold 313,244 copies, more than the rest of the top ten at the time combined.
British chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling announced he would effectively waive VAT on the single, this will be achieved by donating the value of the VAT that will be paid on the single to the charity. He said "I very much support the Help for Heroes campaign and I support too the efforts being made by the X Factor contestants, and in recognition of that I am proposing effectively to waive VAT on this sale of these singles." and "We will do that by making a donation equivalent to the value of the VAT to the fund." He stated this in response to a question from Karen Buck.
Help For Heroes Concert 2010
This was held on 12 September 2010 at Twickenham Stadium in London, and featured the likes of Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Peter Kay, Tom Jones and Pixie Lott. The concert was shown live on BBC One and was presented by Cat Deeley.
Convoy for Heroes
At Easter 2011, the first Convoy for Heroes event took place at Gaydon in Warwickshire, to raise money for Help for Heroes. Organised by Land Rover enthusiasts, Convoy for Heroes took the form of a world-record breaking convoy of 348 Land Rovers, including SAS 'Pink Panther' Land Rovers, and several SAS troops themselves. A second Convoy for Heroes event was held over the Easter 2012, this time at the larger Prestwold Hall site in Leicestershire. The next event is planned for Easter 2013 again at Prestwold Hall. So far, over £25,000 has been raised by Convoy for Heroes.
4x4 European Rally
The Help for Heroes 4x4 European Rally is an annual non-speed battlefield touring assembly that takes place in June. The event has raised over £1 million for the charity. Starting in England, it covers 2,000 miles and seven countries in twelve days, visiting World War I and II battlefields and museums. It is open to 45 teams of road-legal off-road vehicles, with at least two drivers per team.
Hot Shots Calendar
Since 2009 the arms firm Edgar Brothers has produced a promotional calendar, the Hot Shots Calendar, featuring glamour models. Fifty per cent of the money made from sales of the calendar and associated products goes to various UK and US military charities including Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Help for Heroes.
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Help for Heroes was awarded the Support to the Armed Forces award during the 2008 Sun Military Awards, "For a civilian, a civil servant, a contractor or just an ordinary member of the public, who has provided invaluable help to the Armed Forces".
In August 2012 a group of wounded ex-servicemen, featured in a report for BBC's Newsnight, criticised Help for Heroes for its relationship to the Ministry of Defence. More specifically the criticism was levelled because of the charity's decision to use funds to subsidise expensive MOD buildings rather than for soldiers' everyday care. The charity has agreed to spend £153 million on constructing and running five regional MOD Personnel Recovery Centres, primarily for serving military personnel, which discharged servicemen can only use on a case-by-case basis. A subsequent investigation by the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit into the original Newsnight report upheld the charity's complaint about the programme and concluded that "there was no evidence to back Newsnight's claim about Help for Heroes".