Thursday, 1st October 2009

MSMAS 2009 Charity 'Help for Heroes' update..

The 2009 MSMAS Charity is 'Help for Heroes', as such we have received the following....


Dear H4H Supporter,

I am incredibly proud to be able to announce that H4H has now raised an astonishing £30 million in the 24 months that we have been going.

Even more important is the fact that we have been able to spend or allocate over £23.5 m of that to projects that will provide direct and practical support to our wounded.

When we started, we had no idea just how much generosity and support we would encounter from the public, all desperate to do their bit to help the wounded. I am feeling very optimistic and very proud indeed of you all – well done!

Emma and I watched the BBC 1 programme Wounded last week and if you missed it, please make every effort to watch it on BBC iPlayer; it was remarkable. It told the very moving story of two of the blokes, Andy and Tom, who were wounded last year in Afghanistan. Tom lost his legs and an arm, Andy, both legs and his sight.

It was harrowing to see the boys cope with their injuries and then fight back, determined and extraordinarily brave, in time to be able to attend their medal parades with their mates.

The programme told the whole story, literally from point of impact in Andy’s case as the man who got to him first had a helmet camera operating; it was shocking and raw. We followed him to the field hospital in Camp Bastion and then home, unconscious, to Selly Oak where he received the care of the wonderful staff, before going to Headley Court to begin rehabilitation.

The programme was very hard to watch at times and deeply moving, particularly as the boys’ parents talked about having to come to terms with their sons’ dreadful injuries. Despite that, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of pride and gratitude that included every single person involved in the ‘path of the patient’.

Thank you, Andy and Tom, thank you the MOD, thank you the film crew and most of all, thank you all the people; nurses, physios, surgeons and all those who work tirelessly to help our boys and girls recover. We are all so proud of you.

H4H is thumping along and we now have allocated close to £24m to the direct and practical support of our ‘blokes’, the boys and girls who are injured while serving our country. I am humbled every time I meet them and determined to do my bit, however small, to make their lives a little better. I know you feel the same and I am proud of you all. Well done and keep going!

You are allowed to be proud!

Thank you.


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