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4

CHIEF

EXECUTIVE’S

MESSAGE

We know that family members are often

an important part of a successful

recovery journey.

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

T

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

of conflict.

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

Forces

(1)

. 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

full potential.

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.