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Holidays4heroes (Sitrep and update)

Discussion in 'The NAAFI Bar' started by Hols4Heroes, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Hols4Heroes
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    Hols4Heroes Clanker Good Egg (charities)

    November is often a time for reflection so I thought it poignant to add a few words about the goings on with Holidays4heroes.

    I know I am guilty of not putting up as many sitreps as I could but the reasons are two fold. Time is a major factor, I know most of you will understand that time taken typing here is better spent squaring clients away, and the majority of cases simply can't be plastered all over the internet and clients / recipients aren't here as a spectacle. The other reason is that I am concious that the whole charity theme p1sses alot of people off and not everyone likes it forcing down their throat and rubbed in their faces.

    Holidays

    About 100 ish families have been away to Spain since April, others have been to Gibralter, France, Portugal, Turkey, Cyprus and the US. Either Widows, injured, traumatised or on their uppers, we've flooded destinations with Servicemen past and present, the youngest being 20 the oldest being 91

    Other have been to locations within the UK from respite care in the lakes to adventure holidays in Scotland.

    Currently we are running two locations in Spain, one being Le Torre although there are now no flights there until April, when its hoped the route will be resumed by a number of operators. We've become established there and its been a kick in the balls to move from there and recce other places. The other is a resort just outside Alicante, but in no way is it permanent, its just not the same as Le Torre.

    Welfare

    Homeless, hungry, skint, separated, imprisoned, raped, robbed, buggered and burgalled, we've had them all. Illness, disease, stranded.... The limits of the problems that Ex serviceman and serving blokes can get themselves into is as vast an varied as the areas on the planet they populate.

    Its very very rare we have to turn a case away, when that's happened its usually as a result of not having the resources of the other, grown up types of organisation (SSAFA, Combat Stress, RBL, ABF) can better deal.

    I've not added numbers but we've dealt with well over 100 cases in the last six months.

    QRF

    Still, in my mind one of the best parts of this organisation. We can lift a bloke off the streets in ten minutes flat, no red tape, no committees, no grand board meeting, just a quick check on service number etc and its dealt with in an instant.

    Its allowed us to put food on the tables for families of blokes who (and this is an ongoing problem) simply cannot admit that they need help.

    How we spend money

    We've bought cars and people carriers in Spain, insured them, maintain them, run them, we rent villas (peoples good will can only stretch so far, and we've have that many to spain this year I am considering approaching the resort and asking for a NAAFI bar) pay for flights, train tickets, give spending money where needed, fund passports, pay rental bonds, maintain Ian (the Hols4heroes rep) in Spain.

    I haven't added up yet and had the accounts auditted, thats imminent, but I reckon we've raised around £150k this year, and if you look at how far thats stretched, we have done well.

    Thanks

    We'd be goosed without input and help from you lot. Am particularly greatful to Blue Sophist, GRB, YIM, Shop Girl, Meridan, Banker, Mitt Mayo, Bumper, (Bumpers Ozzie mates and endless contacts list) PRT,Dale and countless others. All of which lightening the load and allowing me the time to take calls from Welfare officers and remain at the coal face getting things sorted.

    Now then!

    You will notice at the top of the forums there is a page of Auction items, run separation and for one week only to raise us, and others some much needed cash.

    http://www.arrse.co.uk/remembrance-auctions-forum/

    Please browse and bid if anything tickles your fancy.

    If not, and you've got a couple of quid chuck it our way, there are always live cases and things happening

    Paypal: info@holidays4heroes.org

    HSBC: Holidays4heroes
    Sort code: 40-12-09
    Acct No: 41416081

    To finish

    I'm posting this with a welly on my head

    [​IMG]
  2. jarrod248
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    jarrod248 Clanker Gallery Guru

    Many thanks for the update.
  3. Hols4Heroes
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    Hols4Heroes Clanker Good Egg (charities)

    Had an email from the family of a George medal....... and bar winner.

    I need to get them away for some much needed family time and try to come to terms with 'Dad not coming home'

    Giz a lift, don't make me post citations
  4. mac_uk
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    mac_uk Clanker MiA (Donor)

    Sent a few dinari, it's good having paypal on this new fangly phone.
    Thanks for the update, good to know it's not all going on goat porn and raspberry flavoured meths
  5. blue-sophist
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    blue-sophist Clanker Good Egg (charities) Supporter - ADC

    Thanks for the update, hard-working Leader. I know how strapped you are for time.
  6. Banker
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    Banker Clanker

    I'm getting my gag reflex into a zen state of readiness for Tuesday night.

    In the meantime, some sheckles incoming for the tin.
  7. Banker
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    Banker Clanker

    No worries, fixed it for you mate.
  8. blue-sophist
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    blue-sophist Clanker Good Egg (charities) Supporter - ADC

    Slingsby has re-transmitted the news to 5,519 people on Facebook [minus the rude words] ;-)
  9. Joker62
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    Joker62 Clanker Book Reviewer Supporter - ADC

    And minus the link too, BS :wink:
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