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Charity roundup: The public are getting involved to help the troops

Charity roundup: The public are getting involved to help the troops

Across the UK, individuals and groups of people are taking part in amazing feats of strength and courage in order to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity so it can continue to support soldiers that have been injured.

So far, hundreds of millions have been raised through big events, such as the charity being chosen to benefit from the X Factor's group single in 2010, and smaller things that go on all over the UK, like sponsored walks and climbs.

Since its foundation in 2007 - launched by Bryn and Emma Parry - the support from the public has been overwhelming, with many people putting their hands in their pockets or taking on a challenge for the organisation.

Here is a roundup of the latest news Help for Heroes-related news.

Prince Harry helps wounded soldiers

After his much publicised withdrawal from Afghanistan, Prince Harry has decided to take on a new role in the army that will see him secure the best care for injured servicemen and women - his own personal help for heroes.

The 30-year-old royal is assisting the sick and wounded to return to their roles in the military or gain meaningful employment and care in a different sector. His work in the personal recovery unit will ensure that these servicemen and women are on the road to recovery and have the right support in place.

Prince Harry will assume this role for the next few months and views it as a continuation of his work in launching the Paralympic-style Invictus Games.

A source at his Kensington Palace office told People Magazine: "This is something he will always have an interest in regardless of what job he has.

"But he has a chance at the moment to use his military job to get a better understanding and experience of the process and help put procedures in place to help those who have been wounded."

Leah Hobson trekked the desert to raise money

Military wife Leah Hobson trekked 100 kilometres through the vast and empty Sahara desert to raise money for Help for Heroes, not just for husband Glenn, but for all of the families whose lives have been impacted by conflict.

In 2012, her 33-year-old husband, a soldier with the Royal Irish and the Adjutants General Corp, was medically discharged after a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He served for 15 years, after signing up at 16, and served in Iraq, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone.

Of her husband's condition, Ms Hobson told the Portadown Times: "PTSD is an invisible illness. It’s very hard even for family members to get to grips with it."

The trek, which Ms Hobson did with other military wives, helped her do her bit for the soldiers and their families, but ended up being a life-changing experience that she will never forget. She has so far raised £4,198, with more money still to come from her son's primary school, which held a non-uniform day.

Mark Holmes cycles 450 miles to raise money

A keen cyclist has set himself the challenge of biking from Edinburgh to Windsor on a 450-mile ride to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The Daily Record reports that Strathaven veterinarian Mark Holmes wants to make around £1,700 to help those who have been wounded in conflict and their families. He feels that if we are sending troops to fight overseas, then the UK should support them when they return home.

He told the newspaper: "After having spent time working in various charity clinics, it is quite common to run into ex-servicemen in financial difficulties with lasting physical and mental health injuries.

"I have been looking for a challenge for this year and when I heard about the hero ride I thought it was a good opportunity to do something."

Mr Holmes will take part in the Hero Ride 2015 event when it leaves the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Sunday June 14th. He will be joined by around 200 other cyclists, with some doing the full course and others joining along the way.

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