The armed forces charity, Help For Heroes, is sounding the reveille for potential new recruits to join them as volunteers to help with fundraising and charitable activities planned for the rest of 2021 and beyond.
Worryingly for the charity, income was down by as much as 75% in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic put paid to the majority of their plans for fundraising events, but the charity – which supports wounded veterans, service personnel and their families – remains as determined as ever to continue their important work and continue to provide all of its services across Wales when restrictions allow.
Help For Heroes relies on volunteer fundraisers to give up their time to attend events and take part in collections across the country. The Barnard family, of Cardiff, contribute to the cause in this way, having volunteered for Help For Heroes over the last four years. Marcus, husband to Abigail and father of Ffion said of his family’s voluntary work for the charity:
“We don’t come from military families, but we know what our service personnel are willing to sacrifice when they join the armed forces. Fundraising for Help for Heroes is our way of saying thank you to them, for all they are willing to put on the line to protect us.”
And Abigail recalled a memorable moment from a fundraising event. She added:
“An ex-serviceman came up to me and shared his story: he needed help. As a volunteer, I was able to talk about the recovery services Help for Heroes delivers and could point him in the right direction to get the help he needed.”
Underlining the need for new volunteers to champion the cause, Help for Heroes’ National Volunteer Coordinator, Yvonne Beattie, said in a statement:
“This is, obviously, a challenging time for all charities, but Help for Heroes remains absolutely committed to our wounded and their families, and, to maintain our services, we do rely on the kind support of the great British public, not only in terms of donations, but also in the time people give up as volunteers to help us with all manner of activities.”
In a statement regarding their work, Help For Heroes said:
“Help for Heroes believes those who serve our country deserve support when they’re wounded. Every day, men and women leave their career in the Armed Forces as a result of physical or psychological wounds – their lives changed forever.
“The Charity helps them, and those still serving, to recover and get on with their lives by providing physical, psychological, financial and welfare support for as long as they need it. It also supports their families because they, too, can be affected by their loved one’s wounds.
“Help for Heroes receives almost no funding from the Government, which means it relies on the spirit and generosity of the great British public, its partners and volunteers to keep going. It has already supported more than 26,500 people and won’t stop until every wounded veteran gets the support they deserve.”
To register your interest in becoming a Help for Heroes volunteer please contact Yvonne Beattie on 07811 245 115, or by email at email@example.com. For further information on Help for Heroes, or to get support, visit helpforheroes.org.uk.