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Chief executive’s message

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* as at 30 September 2018




are part of the

Help for Heroes


support to families whose lives are often

disrupted by the nature of their loved

ones’ military service.

We also strengthened our UK reach and

presence, opening a new Community

Recovery office in Pontypridd, Wales

and delivering more events and activities

in the region than ever before to a total of

nearly 1,000 participants. In August, we

supported a team of wounded and injured

Veterans and serving personnel taking

part in the Mey Games, Scotland’s first

ever Adaptive Highland Games.

Supporting families

We know that family members are often

a driving force in a successful recovery

journey, but that many feel their own

physical and mental wellbeing can be

directly affected as a result of their

partner’s service career. Take Lisa

(pages 12 & 13), who joined our Band of

Sisters Fellowship to help her to cope with

her own crippling anxiety brought on as a

result of her husband’s injuries. For Lisa

and many others, our Fellowships are

a vital source of support. Our Band of

Sisters and Band of Brothers Fellowships

are increasing in number all the time –

in the past year alone membership across

both has increased by 17%, with a total

now of 11,396 members.

We know that many of those we support

today would not have survived their

injuries in the past, and we have the

wonderful advances in medicine to thank

for this. We also know that there are a few

Veterans who have such complex injuries

without this generosity. I would also

like to take this opportunity to thank

our staff for their tireless effort during

what has been a challenging year.

As we look to the future, we know that

the number of wounded, injured and

sick Veterans and their families seeking

support is growing. It is also becoming

increasingly difficult to raise the money

needed to provide necessary long-term

support. To meet these challenges, we

are working hard to strengthen our

fundraising efforts.

Everything that we do is to help Veterans

and Service Personnel reach their full

potential, regain their purpose in life

and to have a positive impact on society

once more.

Our promise is to do absolutely everything

we can to release the power of those

expert minds, skilled bodies and

courageous hearts.

Mel Waters OBE

Chief Executive



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that they require a whole new pathway of

care. We have been working closely with

the Government this year to ensure these

individuals are afforded the very best

quality of life as they grow older.

Lobbying for change

It is a common fact that an estimated

one in four people experience difficulties

with their mental wellbeing at some point

in their life. Mental health issues for those

who have served can be complex. Help for

Heroes has recognised this, and given the

increase in medical discharge numbers

due to psychological issues, we lobbied

the Defence Select Committee to explore

military mental health, particularly with a

view to highlighting where improvements

could be made. We identified many areas

where we believe the Government should

take action to ensure Veterans receive

the appropriate care, as and when

they need it.

We have also become involved in GP

education programmes across the

country, reaching out to NHS networks

and participating in outreach activities

in order to influence and inform care

providers. The Veterans’ Injury Clinic

at Salisbury Hospital is one example

of collaborative working that can help

change lives, involving our Veterans

Clinical Liaison team and Reconstructive

Consultant Surgeons.

Our heartfelt thanks goes to the Great

British public for their ongoing trust and

support. We could not have helped 22,285

deservingmen andwomen to date


(1) Figures taken fromMinistry of Defence,

Annual Medical Discharges in the UK Regular

Armed Forces, published July 2018. Total

number of personnel medically discharged

from the British Armed Forces March 2017

toMarch 2018: 2,451.