Beneficiary charities

Horses Help Heroes is raising money under the umbrella of Help for Heroes. Help for Heroes will use some funds raised for their Quick Reaction Fund, providing immediate support for wounded servicemen and women and their families. The remaining funds will be distributed to charities such as ABF The Soldiers Charity, Blesma and Combat Stress. These charities are best placed to provide the precise support that each wounded member of the Forces requires

Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The message of the charity is simple:

We are strictly non political and non critical; we simply want to help. We believe that anyone who volunteers to serve in time of war, knowing that they may risk all, is a hero. These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and some of them are living with the consequences of their service for life. We may not be able to prevent our soldiers from being wounded, but together we can help them get better.

Since October 2007, Help for Heroes has raised an incredible £80M for our wounded service men and women and their families.

Help for Heroes Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) was set-up to be able to provide immediate financial assistance to wounded servicemen and women and their families. Usually the QRF make funds available within 24 hours of a request. For example, making funds immediately available for a relative that has run into financial difficulty through being beside their loved one’s hospital bed. Similarly, if a wounded serviceman needs his home upgraded to enable him to live there, and there were no other funds available, the QRF would pay for the upgrade.

Examples of other charities that might receive funds from Help for Heroes include:

Soldiers Charity

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is THE charity for soldiers, former soldiers and their families.

The Soldiers’ Charity gives lifetime support, whatever the problem, whenever needed.

It also gives funds to other charities that support soldiers, such as the Royal Hospital Chelsea that provides homes for ageing and infirm veterans – the Chelsea Pensioners.

Requests for assistance from The Soldiers’ Charity have grown by 30% over the last 2 years. Currently raising £7M a year in order to also be there for each and every soldier who needs its help, it now estimates that as a result of current Operations it must raise £14M a year by 2015.

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BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Servicemen Association) is a membership organisation that supports ex-servicemen and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs and eye(s). BLESMA also supports ex-servicemen’s and women’s dependants and widows.

BLESMA provides support to its members through a number of avenues:

  • Shared experience facilitated through rehabilitation activities such as sailing challenges, scuba diving, skiing etc.

  • National welfare organisation, providing support and guidance in dealing with everyday tasks. BLESMA also give grants to enable more independent living for longer for members.

  • Two homes in Blackpool and Crieff offering 24hr nursing and residential permanent care as well as respite care.

BLESMA needs £2M p.a. to provide the invaluable support that it does. BLESMA relies on donations alone as they do not receive an funding from government.

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans’ mental health.

Combat Stress looks after men and women who are suffering from any psychological condition related to their Service career. This might be PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), depression and anxiety disorders. Our services are free of charge to the Veteran.

Since 2005 the number of ex–Service men and women seeking Combat Stresses help has risen by 72%. They have a current caseload of more than 4,800 individuals – including 228 Afghanistan and 589 Iraq Veterans. In March 2010 their Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, launched The Enemy Within Appeal on behalf of Combat Stress. This £30 million, three–year fundraising campaign is designed to help Combat Stress treat the escalating number of psychologically injured Veterans who are turning to them for help, by:

  • Establishing 14 Community Outreach teams nationwide.

  • Enhancing clinical treatment at their three short-stay treatment centres.


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