How many buildings can we put up? "Former Royal Marine Ben McBean, a double amputee and one of Help for Heroes' patrons, said that Help For Heroes and other military charities have been "getting cosy with the MoD". Other charities stand accused of cozying up to Guv to further their own aims, and raise their profile. Even to extend their funding. Truth?
They are hardly likely to say " Ok its a fair cop guv. We have been fiddling the books and robbing the wounded but society is to blame" now are they?I would like to know what was so wrong with our traditional military charity's such as RBL, SSAFA, Combat Stress ect to warrant for even more?
The more charity's we have, the less credible they then become.
Someone obviously saw a gap in the market to make a lucrative living off the backs of our wounded and hard up Veteran Community.
The more charity's we have, the less the government will care about our veteran community as all the work is being done for them.
H4H will just go on the defensive in tonight's 22.30 hrs showdown, they will simply deny everything and anything regarding allegations of any financial wrong doing.
Just watch it happen!
My thoughts exactly, as soon as the Sun started bigging them up it started to look iffy from a "charity" point of view I'm suspicious of any celeb backed outfitIt is a shame that the head sheds of the bigger militatry charities feel they must have a large expensive HQ close to central government. Help for Heroes initial projected started with good intentions and then became the clebs favourite toy without realising what the initial aims and purpose was. I supported their efforts until the drip feed of information on what the money was being used on post the Headley refurb started coming to light.
IMHO they should stop funding projects that are the countries responsibilities and use the funds to assist ALL and not the selected few members of the armed forces and veterans.
I visited Tedworth House recently and it is superb; probably better than a new build. One of the great things about it is its surroundings; I'm not sure you could get an empty building plot in a similar place. It is absolutely the best quality it could be, as are all the facilities it provides, which are the really important things. There are also many military charities in one place there - the Hub.I have been increasingly uncomfortable about the H4H spending. It appears to be a new revenue stream for MoD allowing them to spend less, relying on charitable money to fund core activity. Why for example is £20m being spent on an old officers' mess. Surely a new build would have been cheaper and better. I suspect that MoD was failing to maintain a grade 2 listed building and passed the problem over to H4H. Charitable donations have got the DIO out of a hole and will continue to fund an expensive (but attractive) white elephant.
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