Help For Heroes

Many people in Wiltshire are already doing their bit for Help for Heroes. Every week we run stories about men and women who are taking part in everything from runs and walks to climbs and jumps to raise cash. But now the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald and the Wiltshire Times are making Help For Heroes our appeal for 2010 and hope to raise £50,000. The money raised through our appeal will stay in Wiltshire and be used to help build and equip a personnel recovery centre in Tidworth.

Soldier Josh Campbell knows better than most what a wonderful job Help for Heroes does at the joint services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court in Surrey. Pt Campbell, 20, of Melksham, had to have his legs amputated after being blown up while manning a heavy machine gun on a Mastiff armoured vehicle in Afghanistan last year. He said: “Help for Heroes does a great job. They are making all the difference to Headley Court and it will be really good to have personnel recovery centres in other places such as Tidworth.”

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Top band lends a big hand for Help for Heroes at Swindon

3:00pm Monday 4th July 2011

Toploader are expected to headline a major Help For Heroes fundraising festival.

Heroes' cyclist from Lower Compton cashes in

2:00pm Sunday 19th June 2011

Help for Heroes PR manager Jess Baker has completed the Big Battlefield Bike Ride and said it was one of the most inspirational experiences of her life.

Battlefield bike ride for heroes

7:00am Saturday 2nd April 2011

An Army veteran from Melksham is in training to take part in a 350-mile bike ride to Paris for Help for Heroes.

Happy to be losers

Wiltshire Times: LOSERS: Above, Jayne Jordan centre, with Pam Evans, Stef Hyman, Paula House, Nicky Payne, Nick Holmes, James Plank and Diccos Jordan.

7:00am Saturday 2nd April 2011

EIGHT people who are competing to be Devizes’ Biggest Loser in a competition to raise money for Help for Heroes will face the first weigh in on Sunday.

John’s back in the saddle for charity

Wiltshire Times: John Marable is on his bike again

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd March 2011

An Army veteran from Melksham is in training to take part in a 350-mile bike ride to Paris for Help For Heroes.

Music night hits the right note in Melksham

10:00am Tuesday 8th March 2011

Musical acts from several different genres have raised £1,700 for Help For Heroes at a gig in Melksham.

Bunker boon for charity

Wiltshire Times: Erlestoke Golf Club Members hand over their cheques

10:33am Thursday 3rd March 2011

Members at Erlestoke Golf Club near Devizes have split nearly £6,000 between two major local charities in what is thought to be their most successful fundraising year ever.

Boyhood bravado is boost for funds

Wiltshire Times: Jim Stoodley with a wartime aircraft like the one he flew when he was 13 in a bid to kill Adolf Hitler

10:30am Thursday 3rd March 2011

Retired engineer Jim Stoodley is to raise funds for Help for Heroes by selling copies of a book he has written about his teenage escapades, including stealing a US plane from Salisbury Plain in the Second World War which he intended to fly to the continent and kill Hitler.

Apeal collectors warning

8:30pm Friday 25th February 2011

Charitable residents are being asked to be vigilant when giving money to people posing as Help For Heroes fundraisers and collectors.

Siblings’ big bike ride

Wiltshire Times: Jess and Josh Baker

10:18am Thursday 24th February 2011

Help for Heroes communications manager Jess Baker and her brother Josh are cycling 350 miles to raise money for the charity.

Keys to the door for charity founder

Wiltshire Times: Garrison commander Paddy Tabor hands over the keys to Lorna Owen, PA to Help For Heroes founder Bryn Parry, far right (35502/3)

10:16am Thursday 24th February 2011

The keys for Wiltshire’s recovery centre, which is being partly paid for by the Gazette’s appeal, were handed over to Help for Heroes founder Bryn Parry on Friday at Tidworth.

Victoria jumps in for charity skydive

Wiltshire Times: Crown Hotel landlord Bill Fawdry and Victoria Lyon celebrate their fundraising skydive

9:00am Tuesday 22nd February 2011

Hotel landlord Bill Fawdry had an unexpected partner for his latest fundraising challenge, when he raised hundreds of pounds for Help For Heroes.

Urchfont pub's word is its Bond

Wiltshire Times: Landlady Julie Elliot, left, and daughter Alex Elliot, right, give a cheque to Help for Heroes volunteer Liz Bailey

9:26am Thursday 17th February 2011

Their word is their Bond at the Lamb Inn in Urchfont, which has just handed over more than £3,000 to Help for Heroes raised at an 007 party in the pub last November.

Appeal event

9:25am Thursday 17th February 2011

* March 12, The world renowned Central Band of the Royal Air Force will perform at Bath Abbey. The concert will also recognise the outstanding work carried out by RAF Lyneham and the Wootton Bassett Royal British Legion Branch in supporting the repatriation of fallen servicemen and women. Tickets on sale from £10 to £30 concessions from the Bath Box Office 01225 463362 or * June 5 to 11, Jess Baker, who works for Help for Heroes in Tidworth takes part in the Big Battlefield bike ride.

Snow way to go on for Devizes photographer

Wiltshire Times: Tony Green is to tackle the world’s longest sled run

9:23am Thursday 17th February 2011

Photographer Tony Green of Conock, near Devizes, this week heads off to Switzerland to tackle the longest toboggan run in the world to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

Show your talent tonight in Warminster's fundraiser

Wiltshire Times: Ian O’Donnell and Jackie Gunton, right, with Cathy Stone of TC Karaoke, promoting their talent contest

4:00pm Friday 11th February 2011

Tonight (Friday) sees the opening of a special talent contest at the Bath Arms, Warminster in aid of Help For Heroes.

Big boost for appeal from Co-op

10:08am Thursday 10th February 2011

The Gazette’s campaign to raise money for Help for Heroes received a huge boost this week after the Co-op handed over a cheque for £2,000.

A new venue for picnickers

Wiltshire Times: Bruce Hopkins, centre, at last year’s picnic musical in Patney. It will be raising cash for Help For Heroes

10:06am Thursday 10th February 2011

The third successive picnic musical to be held at Patney this summer will raise money for Help for Heroes.

Sponsored rides net £1,600 for Help for Heroes

Wiltshire Times: Trowbridge Rugby Club’s under-sevens celebrate the club’s efforts in raising £1,600 for the Help for Heroes appeal

1:00pm Monday 7th February 2011

Determined rugby players at Trowbridge Rugby Club raised more than £1,600 for Help For Heroes during two sponsored cycle rides at the end of last year.

African adventure a success for workers

Wiltshire Times: Andrew Murphy, right, and Peter Bennett in the Western Sahara during their fundraising trek

7:00pm Sunday 6th February 2011

A Melksham man has driven almost 4,000 miles to Africa in an old banger worth £100 to raise money for Help For Heroes.

To Banjul in a £100 old banger

10:13am Thursday 3rd February 2011

Colleagues Andrew Murphy and Peter Bennett, who crossed the Sahara Desert in an old banger called Phoebe, have spoken of their hairaising adventures.

Hunt for a big loser in Devizes

Wiltshire Times: back, Rosemary Macdonald, Helen Atkins, Brenda Inegbedion, Sally Brown, Paul Sidwell and, front, Jayne Jenkins

10:11am Thursday 3rd February 2011

THE owner of the Route 2 Fitness gym in Devizes is trying to find the town’s own biggest loser to raise money for our Help for Heroes Appeal.

Chippenham women beat the January blues

Wiltshire Times: Pauline Cox, centre, celebrates being the biggest weight-loser in a fundraiser for Help For Heroes at Curves, Chippenham

10:08am Thursday 3rd February 2011

Women in Chippenham who have got the fitness bug have helped raise money for our Help For Heroes Appeal.

Fundraiser is an ideal swansong

Wiltshire Times: From left, David Bartholomew from Help for Heroes, receives the cheque from Pete Hodges, Val Priddey,  Sally Boyle and director Adrian Cunningham                                                              Photo: Trevor Porter (32406)

12:00pm Monday 31st January 2011

Organisers have hailed a Help For Heroes presentation event, where more than £2,000 was handed over to the charity, as a ‘wonderful’ and ‘emotional’ evening.

Trip through time with 26-mile-walk

10:02am Thursday 27th January 2011

Help for Heroes boosts its coffers each year by organising a number of challenges that take place all over Britian and Europe.

Hamper hits £600

Wiltshire Times: Geoffrey Taylor of Strakers gives a cheque for £604 to David Bartholomew of Help for Heroes’

10:00am Thursday 27th January 2011

Estate agents Strakers raised over £600 for Help for Heroes at a property auction last year.

Heroes may get centre this year

Wiltshire Times: Tedworth House and charity founder Bryn Parry

9:58am Thursday 27th January 2011

Help for Heroes founder Bryn Parry says he hopes the first injured servicemen and women will start to use a personnel recovery centre in Tidworth by the end of the summer.

Charity submits plans for centre

3:00pm Monday 24th January 2011

Help for Heroes has submitted a planning application for a personnel recovery centre at Tidworth.

Trowbridge home’s fundraiser is a real jewel of an effort

3:00pm Friday 21st January 2011

Residents came together at Maple Grove sheltered housing in Trowbridge to raise more than £400 for Help For Heroes.

Warminster residents’ raffle boosts cause

9:56am Friday 21st January 2011

Residents at a sheltered accommodation complex in Warminster did their bit for the Times’ Help For Heroes campaign by raising nearly £300 for the charity.

Royal invite to concert

2:52pm Thursday 20th January 2011

A world-renowned Royal Air Force band will be performing a concert in Bath Abbey to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Centre for heroes comes step nearer

Wiltshire Times: A planning application has gone in for a recovery centre in Tidworth

2:50pm Thursday 20th January 2011

Help for Heroes has submitted a planning application for its personnel recovery centre at Tidworth.

Foxy calendar’s a galloping success

Wiltshire Times: Help for Heroes

4:00pm Sunday 16th January 2011

Daring Wiltshire women have helped to raise thousands of pounds for Help For Heroes after stripping down to their underwear for a charity calendar.

Melksham man crosses the Sahara in an old banger

Wiltshire Times: Andrew Murphy, left, and Peter Bennett all ready for the off with ‘Phoebe’ before their fundraising trek

11:49am Friday 7th January 2011

A Melksham man and his colleague were due to set off on a 3,700-mile rally to Gambia in an old banger today (Friday), raising money for Help For Heroes.

How you can help

9:05am Thursday 6th January 2011

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald and our sister paper the Wiltshire Times are delighted to report that, thanks to our readers, we’ve already hit the £50,000 target we set ourselves to raise for Help for Heroes. However, we’re not stopping there.

Footie nets cash for causes

Wiltshire Times: Players and supporters, back from left, Jade Thacker, Eleanor Cheatham, Alan Mitchell, Jay Thacker, Malcolm Sprules, Alex Sadd and Jodie Thacker with, front, Oliver Barnes, Morgan Sprules, Jim Matthews and Richard Tandy

9:01am Thursday 6th January 2011

After 16 hours of non-stop football, the result of Market Lavington’s marathon five-a-side charity football competition had to be resolved by a golden goal.

50,000 thanks to appeal supporters

Wiltshire Times: Charity founders Bryn and Emma Parry celebrate the Wiltshire Times’ success with helpers

12:00pm Friday 31st December 2010

Wiltshire Times readers have given Help for Heroes a wonderful New Year boost by beating our target of £50,000 less than nine months after our appeal was launched.

You've done it

Wiltshire Times: Charity founders Bryn and Emma Parry celebrate the Gazette’s success with helpers

8:32am Thursday 30th December 2010

Gazette readers have helped to give Wiltshire based charity Help for Heroes a wonderful New Year boost by beating our target of £50,000 less than nine months after our appeal was launched.

Tutu-wearing teens tackle canal walk from Devizes

10:07am Thursday 23rd December 2010

Two girls aged 13 have completed a ten-mile walk for Help for Heroes, wearing net tutus decorated with tinsel over their jeans.

Frosty reception for passers-by in Corsham

Wiltshire Times: Emma Proctor and Charlie McNeill created an upside down snowman to generate cash for the charity

10:05am Thursday 23rd December 2010

A couple have boosted the Help for Heroes appeal by building a snowman with a difference in Corsham.

Trowbridge centre's in a spin for charity boost

Wiltshire Times: Castle Place staff, from left, Thomas Clifford, Samantha James, Abi Dempsey, Sue Heard and Ryan Spencer get ready for the spinathon

4:00pm Sunday 19th December 2010

Determined staff and gym-goers will be taking part in a 12-hour charity spinathon at Castle Place Leisure Centre in Trowbridge on Monday.

Sailing on the wind

Wiltshire Times: Presenting the cheque

10:52am Thursday 16th December 2010

A GROUP of military kitesurfers raised thousands for charity in their Kite 4 Heroes event.

Charity begins at Wootton Bassett (show) home

Wiltshire Times: Bernice Brady of Help for Heroes, Gemma Ravenshill of Hilditch, auctioneer Neill Saint, contract manager Chris Liston, Christine Florence and Catherine Marshall of Persimmon

10:46am Thursday 16th December 2010

Thousands of pounds have been raised at an auction of show home goods, proving charity really does begin at home.

Wager in Westbury helps to boost fund

6:00pm Sunday 12th December 2010

The launch of a new Ladbrokes branch in Westbury has raised £150 for Help For Heroes.

Singer in tune for £100k

9:59am Thursday 9th December 2010

Singer Frankie Martin has been in Wiltshire as part of a mammoth tour to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Founders' day trip to Lyneham

9:57am Thursday 9th December 2010

Help for Heroes founders Bryn and Emma Parry paid a special visit to RAF Lyneham on Friday.

Organisers’ delight at demand for tickets in Warminster

Wiltshire Times: Sally Boyle as Madame Thenardier and Peter Hodges as Thenardier with the children, played by Joseph, Lauren and Daisy, from Les Miserables, which will feature in the variety show

10:59am Friday 3rd December 2010

An extra row has been put in at The Athenaeum Theatre in Warminster to meet demand for a Christmas show in aid of Help For Heroes.

Pair take on the Sahara challenge

Wiltshire Times: Andrew Murphy with his £102 1987 Audi 100

10:57am Friday 3rd December 2010

A Melksham man is preparing to drive 3,700 miles across Africa in an old banger to raise money for Help For Heroes.

RAF Lyneham police dogs join the march for Help for Heroes

10:41am Thursday 2nd December 2010

Following the success of last year’s event, a team of RAF Police and their military working dogs from RAF Lyneham will go on a sponsored march in aid of Help for Heroes and Children’s Hospice South West charities on Saturday.

Appeal events

9:44am Thursday 2nd December 2010

* Friday, December 3: Frankie Martin will sing at the Cross Keys at Great Bedwyn from 9pm. Tickets cost £6.


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