Just three and a half years after the charity Help for Heroes was founded, it has raised nearly £100m from public donations.
Bryn and Emma Parry set up Help for Heroes in October 2007 after they visited the Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham and met young patients.
Both come from military families; Mr. Parry served his time as well – ten years in the Royal Green Jackets, now The Rifles, before leaving the Army in 1985.
Upon visiting Selly Oak Hospital, they set up the charity to raise £8m to build a new rehabilitation complex at Headley Court – the hospital that treats injured servicemen and women.
However, the helping didn’t stop there.
In all, Help for Heroes has spent almost £90m has been spent on various projects including five personal recovery centres for wounded service personnel across the UK.
No doubt the charity’s funds were assisted by the 2010 X Factor’s involvement with the charity through the recording of The X Factor Charity Single ‘Hero’. In addition to this amazing fundraising effort, individuals throughout the country have donated generously, including their patrons Jeremy Clarkson, Ross Kemp and Sir Ian Botham.
Bryn and Emma hope their Big Battlefield Bike Ride from Portsmouth to Paris which has 300 supporters already signed on will push donations past the £100m milestone.