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Monthly roundup: May's best fundraising efforts for our heroes

Monthly roundup: May's best fundraising efforts for our heroes

Last month was a busy one for well-known military charities such as Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and SSAFA.

Individuals and organisations came together to help raise awareness of the fantastic work that soldiers do, in order to generate more money towards helping our heroes.

This money often goes towards helping ex-servicemen adjust to life outside of the military and deal with any physical or mental conditions they may have as a result.

We look at some of the most memorable and major fundraising moments in May. 

Breaking world records

Last month we revealed that a disabled ex-army corporal Andy McIntosh, 42 from Strathaven near Glasgow was able to ride their scooter from John O'Groats to Land's End in just 16 hours and eight hours.

This worked out to be the shortest time that such an activity was ever invented.

What makes this even more impressive is that Mr McIntosh, who is originally from Manchester has a highly rare and inoperable vascular condition.

However, this did not prevent him from raising donations for several military charities such as SSAFA, Poppy Scotland, ABF The Soldiers' Charity, Erskine and Soldiers off the Streets.

Celebrity fundraising efforts

Two-time Olivier Award winner Michael Ball was able to raise an impressive £78,000 for military charity Help for Heroes last month.

He hosted the 2014 West End Heroes gala at the Dominion Theatre which helped to unite the country’s top military musicians with West End performers.

A similar event will take place this year, although the host is yet to be announced.

Cycle rides

Bike rides are often used as a way to raise money for many charities across the UK. The same is true for military charities.

Last month, one such event was organised by  the SSAFA armed forces charity and BT's Openreach.

Taking place between May 17th-18th, the event managed to raise £20,000 for the SSAFA.

Health and wellbeing

A new wellbeing centre was launched for wounded soldiers in Catterick by Help for Heroes.

The Hidden Wounds psychological wellbeing service enables ex-military veterans  to access face to face support at either centre or over the phone.

It primarily helps servicemen suffering from anxiety, worry or stress.

Artwork

Combat Stress is a charity that assists ex-military personnel who are affected by anxiety or stress. 

Last month, they produced artwork as part of creative treatment programme as part of art therapy.

The pictures are set to be displayed in Surrey Cathedral from June 22nd to 28th.

The artwork has been produced in the run-up to Armed Forces Day,which takes place on June 27th.

Armed Forces Day is a celebration of the valuable contribution that soldiers make to the country.


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