Grants how we helped Dean

When we met Dean he had a trade and a plan but putting it into place was a dream.

Having spent 10 years in the Infantry Dean had done two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan with the 5 Rifles Armoured Infantry.

Suffering from the after effects of being under regular mortar fire and losing friends Dean says there was a feeling that as a soldier you had to man up and deal with it – and it was hard.

Leaving the Services, where everything is done for you, for civilian life, where you have to do everything, was a difficult transition and as he and his wife moved back to the UK they struggled, eventually losing their home and their marriage.

Dean says he’s not a hero – we disagree – but he agrees that he and others like him made a sacrifice and now they don’t want to be left on the sidelines; but if they’re going to integrate they need support, a ladder out of the hole when they fall down.

Rugby for Heroes has been that ladder, a cash grant to kick start the business, practical help with logo design and signage and regular meetings with a mentor to discuss what he wanted to do and how, Deans pro-tiling business goes from strength to strength

Dean says ‘I would like to thank Rugby for Heroes for the support and the time they have given me in helping me towards my goal of working for myself and the new signs for my van.

Your support which comes with mentorship and guidance has made such a difference to me.’

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Charity Partner On Course Foundation



We recently made a grant of £20k to The On Course Foundation (OCF) following up on grants made in 2013 and 2014 – here’s what they have to say about our support

Rugby for Heroes has supported OCF since 2013 through The Mike Tindall Charity Golf Classic. The money raised supported OCF’s 2013 programme of activities and was used to pay for two one-day familiarisation events and two three-day golf skills and employment training events. As a result, a total of 30 newly injured Service Personnel were introduced to golf, with 45 injured members receiving intense tuition and employment training. From these events, OCF hope that individuals will complete work experience placements and that at least one individual will find a career as a result.

On Course Foundation is the only Services golf charity. It provides long-term benefits for wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and veterans using the medium of golf.

OCF provides monthly, nationwide familiarisation, skills and employment training events for its members. The Foundation then offers practical training through work experience placements for those who wish to pursue a career in the golf industry. The progressively structured OCF programme builds personal esteem and self-confidence, and, on completion (with OCF’s on-going support), members have the skills, knowledge and confidence to find long-term, meaningful employment.

“As a proud and devoted soldier, the British Army was my life. I was completely lost and devastated when I realised that my military career had to come to an end. Through the On Course Foundation, I have found a new lease of life with a clear sense of direction. With their help and understanding, I have embarked on a very different but equally rewarding career.”
On Course Foundation Member