Most of you will have heard of Help for Heroes, which has been embraced as JDX’s charity of the year, but do you know about City Heroes? City Heroes is a membership group that supports Help for Heroes and aims to engage a younger audience with charity events, which sometimes we might overlook with our busy schedules.
Recently a group of JDXers were invited to attend the City Heroes ‘Summer Social’. Not knowing what to expect, we arrived at the Army and Navy Club in Mayfair ready to learn more about what was involved with being a City Hero. The event gave us a chance to hear about the fantastic work that Help for Heroes does, as well as find out how we can get involved in fundraising for this important charity. As true JDXer’s, we naturally made good use of the impressive bar and surroundings, and also had the opportunity to network with those both with and without military backgrounds.
At the event Help for Heroes Ambassador Rob Cromey-Hawke gave a talk about his experience with the charity and the support he received. Whilst serving with the Army in Afghanistan in 2012, the vehicle Rob was traveling in drove over an Improvised Explosive Device. The blast resulted in a traumatic brain injury, back and spinal injury, and hearing loss, which meant his memory and personality were affected. With the support of Help for Heroes Rob was shown there is life after injury and he has gone on to take part in competitive sports such as Ironman and the Invictus Games, winning gold medals in various events. His inspiring story was made only more impressive by the modest attitude he showed when talking about his achievements, a trait common amongst those within the military and something we can all learn from.
Rob is of course only one of many who have experienced trauma as a result of military involvement. There are 67,000 men and women, and their families who need, or will need ongoing support as a consequence of military service – that is 1 in 11 of the 757,805 servicemen and women who have served their country since 1991 alone.I think you will agree that Help for Heroes needs to be there for each and every one of those 67,000. But what part can we play to assist the charity in delivering their promise to be there for the wounded, injured and sick, for life?
As JDX’s charity of the year we are always looking to find new ways to raise money for Help for Heroes, whether it is through running events such as a Football Tournament or arranging raffles. If you would like to support the charity and help this important cause further, then an easy step to do this is by joining the H4H City Heroes network. A monthly donation will give you the chance to enjoy the various events they arrange and be part of a network of like-minded young professionals, whilst helping a charity that makes a real difference. City Heroes ask for a minimum of £10 per month donation, and putting this donation into context, £20 will allow the charity to provide an hour of support to those who need it.
We are hoping to spread the word and get as many JDXers to sign up as possible, to raise money and represent JDX across events for this truly worthy cause. How are you going to get involved?