We know that family members are often
an important part of a successful
We look forward to working with the
Ministry of Defence and The Royal British
Legion on the 2020 games in The Hague.
Given the increasingly international
appeal of the Games and with a record
number of nations taking part, this was
the smallest teamwe have ever delivered.
A record number, 1,189 in all, expressed
their interest in representing TeamUK.
This year we focused on supporting
candidates that were not selected,
helping them to engage with our broader
service options so that they could seek
to achieve their personal goals.
For many Veterans, the goal is to embark
on a new career path. In the period
October 2017 to June 2018, 74 of those
we helped started up their own business
as a direct result of taking part in our
Business Experience programme.
It’s important to recognise that recovery
has a different meaning for each
individual. This year, creativity and the
arts demonstrated their roles in recovery
and in August the Mall Galleries in London
hosted Creative Force, an exhibition of
paintings, drawings, sculptures and
photographs produced by our Veterans.
Help for Heroes aims to support all those
who have been affected by their service,
and this support extends to every
member of the British Armed Forces
who has become wounded, injured or
sick. Between 2016 and 2018, we funded
a total of £2.5 million towards the design
and construction of a Rehabilitation and
Recovery Centre at HQ Hereford Garrison.
This is a joint project with the Garrison’s
Clocktower Foundation Charity, with a
total cost of £5.5 million. The Centre
opened in August 2018, and also provides
he Help for Heroes Big Battlefield
Bike Ride 2018 started in the
Armistice Clearing in Compiegne,
a poignant reminder of the First World
War Centenary year. During the ride with
our wounded Veterans, we paid tribute
to those men and women who lost lives
and loved ones during the four years
Many of us today have thankfully not
witnessed first-hand the devastation
of a war on that scale, but nevertheless
we knowmany brave Servicemen and
women are injured whilst serving their
country. Government figures show that
in 2017/18 alone, 2,451 individuals were
medically discharged from the Armed
. This means that every day seven
people leave the career they love and the
close friends they made whilst serving.
We know that the vast majority of
Veterans, whether medically discharged
or not, transition into civilian life
seamlessly. But for some, it will take
time to rebuild their lives following
life-changing injury or illness. Help for
Heroes is here to support them – to give
them that much needed leg up – and
I am immensely proud of the team
that provides that support network.
This year has not been without its
challenges. Demand for our services
is higher than ever and for the second
year in a rowwe have had to dip into
our reserves, reducing them
by £5.3 million (before depreciation).
However the money that we have raised
has been used to make a real difference
to the lives of those we support. This
year, we spent £25.6 million enabling
our wounded, injured and sick Veterans
to lead active, independent and fulfilling
lives so that they can achieve their
The power of sport
In October 2018, the fourth Invictus
Games took place in Sydney, Australia.
Help for Heroes was proud to train, select
and prepare the 72-strong UK Invictus
Games team. Over 60% of the teamwas
brand new to the Games and it was an
honour to witness the impact the Invictus
journey had on their ongoing recovery.
Help for Heroes aims to
support all those who have
been affected by their
service, and this support
extends to every member
of the British Armed Forces
who has becomewounded,
injured or sick.