How your support helps

Rugby for Heroes support a number of worthy causes with the money raised from events such as the Mike Tindall Golf Day.

We asked a few of the programmes we work with to share stories of how our donations from last year’s Golf Day helped them. Here are just a couple of examples of responses we received:

Blind Veterans UK

 Blind Veterans UK are a charity that provide training and rehabilitation to ex-service men and women. One gentleman that went through their programme, said:

“Knowing that Blind Veterans UK was there to help was a huge part of me getting to where I am now.

“Adapting how to read after sight loss is a major hurdle to independence and employment prospects.  This donation from Rugby for Heroes, and the scanners it buys, will make a huge difference allowing more people like me to continue to live independently. ”

Gardening Leave

Gardening Leave help those suffering with the mental wounds of combat in a number of ways. The charity then work with the individual to assist them in their transition back to civilian life.

“Ben, a paratrooper for more than 8 years, was referred to us by West London Mission for the homeless to help him deal with his anger and alcohol problems. Through the programme, he has now recovered enough to move out of London to Durham where he receives a lot of support from different agencies, he has friends and is settled.  He tells us that he is trying his hand at keeping chickens, bee keeping and gardening.”

On Course

Rob Hansen, On Course Foundation Member and Ambassador said of the support he received: “I was first injured whilst undertaking pre-deployment training in June 2012 where I suffered a catastrophic failure of my knee. After 19 months I finally received surgery to give me a total knee replacement. It was during this period of awaiting surgery that I discovered the On Course Foundation.

“The charity has not only helped with the physical and mental side of my life, it has returned me to a sport I love and thought I wouldn’t be able to play again. I have been lucky enough to secure a work experience placement with a leading golf equipment manufacturer that all going well, will result in a full time job when my medical discharge is complete

“Finding these guys has changed my life immeasurably and I thank each and every person for the help and support they give. Donations such as those from Rugby for Heroes make such a massive difference to those, like me, who have been struggling to find hope. I’m so proud to be a part of the On Course Foundation, and so very grateful for such generous donations, which have helped to change my life.”

Remount

“Our course sponsored by ‘Rugby for Heroes’ was at Brathay with 10 delegates, all former service personnel who were in need of help and assistance with their integration into civilian life, in attendance.

“Many had suffered the hidden effects of combat, some had actual physical injuries and some had struggled to adjust to an environment without order and structure. The course adopted a ‘Mentor’ system, whereby each delegate would receive post-course support, to continue to help them on their journey to recovery and reintegration. We are now not just concerned with our ‘output’, but the ‘outcome’ of our work.

“The money invested in our charity by organisations such as Rugby for Heroes helped us to observe improvements in individuals’ self-belief, self-confidence and motivation to make a change in their lives.”

“The money you raise at Rugby for Heroes events goes directly into helping members of the Forces that need it most. These are just two examples of how donations help and in each of these cases and in many others, your help helps to change lives for the better.”

The full list of programmes that Rugby for Heroes supports can be found at: www.rugbyforheroes.org.uk/how-we-help/

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