Help 4 Homeless Veterans Drop In 1st Birthday Celebration & Book Launch


Today Friday 28th April was a milestone event for our charity. This weekend marks the end of our operational year that begins again on Monday 1st May.

Formed in 2012, we opened our Barnsley Drop-In support hub a year ago.

This has been the busiest and most successful year in our history.

In the last 12 months, we have helped 108 homeless veterans; we have disbursed £8000 of fuel support grants in conjunction with The Veterans Foundation; the Drop-In has hosted around 200 visitors, often issuing food vouchers, always giving food and drink to visitors, and most importantly comradeship; the Therapy Farm visits recommenced and many veterans have now had a free day trip on the farm enjoying comradeship combatting isolation and enjoying being around the animals.

Today we celebrated that drop-in’s anniversary and coupled it with the launch of a book of Veterans’ Poems collated by our Ambassador Amber Guymer-Hosking.

Amber is a former Army Medic who served in Afghanistan, on discharge she became homeless with her young son and our charity provided them with a home in 2017 until she rebuilt her life. She is now a leading supporter of our charity helping with fundraising.

Amber as our guest of honour cut the birthday cake.

We were supported by two of the three local MPs; former Parachute Regiment Major Dan Jarvis MBE MP, and Stephanie Peacock MP the Co-Chair of the Veterans APPG involved with the review of veterans’ welfare services.

We were joined by Mark Busby Anca Nana Vaida and Andy partners involved in a forthcoming TV series about Veterans facing PTSD. Watch out for more about this later this year.2022/23 H4HV has surpassed itself helping more veterans than in any other year. We have developed our support system and despite all the financial pressures in society at present, are in a strong enough position ready to help any veterans around Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in the forthcoming year.

A massive thank you to everyone who has supported the charity by fundraising and helping on a practical level. Without you all we would not be in the position we are today. 


Thank you to all the members of the public in Barnsley who have supported the HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS charity tombola stall on Good Friday and Saturday.

Total contributions raised £ 326.40

Many prizes were won and the Eggs remaining when our team finished have been donated to Weston Park Children’s hospital Bikers’ ride tommorrow.
EASTER represents a new start.

 H4HV helps former soldiers sailors and airmen restart their lives anew with support to move on from being homeless.
To those who support our work thus helping 104 veterans in the last 12 months thank you so much.


HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS Charity number 1148155 like everyone else this date two years ago was affected by the Lockdown.

That very same day our first Covid related homeless veteran asked for help. Ex RAF steward working as a waiter in a Channel Island Hotel not only lost his job but his tied accommodation.

H4HV paid to get him back to Leeds, paid his accommodation and gave him some cash to help him get re-established here in Yorkshire.

This is what he said at that time:

I just wanted to write a quick email to say thankyou for all the help you have given me over the last week including getting me off Jersey when I lost my job and accommodation due to the corona virus crisis, hotel and hostel accommodation, train fares, and first months rent. It is very much appreciated and when all this is over I will look at doing some fund raising for you.

I remember thinking at the time, this is going to be awful for lots of people. Well two years on our charity has assisted more than180 more homeless veterans, including this same guy again later on.

Like many key workers our charity has not stopped operating once during the pandemic. We continue reacting rapidly to requests for help including 2 more in the past 36 hours.

We can only maintain this level of help with YOUR support. Please remember us when you are choosing who to donate your hard earned cash to. Thank you.



In 1978 as a newly promoted Corporal, I was posted onto 44 Squadron working as the clerk for the Engineering team on Alpha Dispersal at RAF Waddington surrounded by Vulcan bombers.
One highlight was the day I was allowed to “rev” up the Vulcan during engine testing with a Crew Chief standing very close behind me!
44 years on, today I returned to RAF Waddington to pick up a charity donation for HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS the charity I control as its CEO.
The money has been raised as part of the station’s annual charity activities and will be used to support vulnerable veterans.
I really enjoyed the trip down memory lane although Alpha Dispersal wooden huts I worked in are long gone and after the presentation, I met up with 
Squadron Leader Tim Fenton MBE who I had worked with as RAF Recruiters in Sheffield in the early 1990s for a tour of the camp, view the last Vulcan XM607 famous for bombing Stanley Airfield in the Falklands war in 1982 followed by lunch in the Officers Mess.

Therapy Farm Host Army Benevolent Fund


The weather was kind enough dodging both Storms DUDLEY and EUNICE to allow a small group of Veterans and local authority dignitaries involved in supporting them, to welcome retired Brigadier Peter Montieth from the ABF.

During his Army career, he served with our own Trustee Major Retd John Mayo (seen here together with project lead Jamie Quinn) and came today to see for himself how veterans benefit from working with the various farm animals.

Jamie and Sue who run the farm gave all the guests which included their own Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby-Croft and a reporter from BBC Radio Humberside a guided tour showing off the recently born calves.

The next visit will be in late March, watch this space for details

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To everyone who has supported our work here at HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS Charity no 1148155 this year during which we have helped 95 veterans so far since 1st January, may I thank you and wish you and those you care for a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year. Despite the difficulties faced with the ongoing pandemic restricting activities we have managed to remain in a good position to allow us to meet virtually all requests for assistance we have received, much of those funds have come from many good people prepared to put themselves out to raise cash to help those less fortunate than themselves.  So thankyou once again and Seasons Greetings to all.


HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS in conjunction with Jamie Quinn of Hall Farm Messingham supported by a grant from The VETERANS FOUNDATION has started arranging day visits to the farm for fun and therapy.  It is well known being with animals has a calming effect on most people so Jamie a former RAF Gunner who served in the RAF Regiment alongside our CEO Steve Bentham-Bates on 16 Sqn RAF Regt in West Germany and the Falklands got together and came up with this idea.

If you would like to have a free day out meet other veterans and enjoy being in the fresh air working with animals then email the CEO at the following


On the 28th July 2021 the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorksh

ire, Mr Andrew Coombe CVO presented Tom Wood with the MBE on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen as investiture at Buckingham Palace has been suspended due to covid pandemic.


This was an excellent afternoon surrounded by his

close family and friends from the charity.


The Soldiers’ Charity provides a grant for homeless veterans in need

The Soldiers’ Charity has recently awarded a grant of £15,000 to Help 4 Homeless Veterans, a charity based in South Yorkshire, which provides assistance to former Service personnel throughout England and Wales who need a helping hand with day-to-day living costs.

Help 4 Homeless Veterans, founded in 2013, has helped over 600 former members of the Armed Forces with formers soldiers making up the majority. Help has been given in the form of payments for rents and bonds as well as provision of essential items such as beds, kitchen equipment, TVs and food.

The charity’s founder, Tom Wood, was awarded an MBE for services to the homeless during the pandemic. A merit to the hard work it does for our community.

Steve Bentham-Bates, CEO of Help 4 Homeless Veterans, says: “The trustees and I are delighted with this latest grant as it will enable us to continue assisting ex-soldiers. On behalf of everyone involved with our charity, and especially the former soldiers who will receive direct support as a result of this grant, thankyou to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.”

The charity recently helped a former Infantry soldier from the early 1970s who was being threaten with eviction. It stepped in and assisted with paying his bond and rent to help him move nearer his family in the East Midlands.

A message from the former soldier:

“I am now starting a new life thanks to the financial assistance from Help 4 Homeless Veterans which sent me money on Christmas Eve and

provided funds to cover my move to Nottingham and my first month’s rent to help me restart.

It’s daunting, but I now have the strength to use my own abilities to move on. I genuinely thank you all for my life. You were there. No one else was.”


As CEO of HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS charity no 1148155 it gives me great pleasure to announce two new members of our team.
Firstly, Samantha Bumford has returned to us to continue the amazing ambassadorial work she did for us previously including that infamous Wing Walk. I remain in awe of her bravery for that alone. Sam is a reigning Beauty Queen and proudly displays our charity logo on her sash raising awareness of our work wherever she travels around the Country. Welcome Back Sam, I am sure you will rise even above the heights you already reached for us in the coming months.
Secondly, a old professional and later personal friend of mine David Winterburn who is the Founder & Managing Director at HARRISON WINTERBURN Ltd in Leeds. We have history going back over 20 years, and I am confident, that just like Sam, and not forgetting our other lady Ambassador AMBER GUYMER-HOSKING, he will by using his connections in the highest echelons of national businesses raise awareness and attract substantial support in time.
That concludes the new line up of AMBASSADORS for HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS. Please join me in welcoming them.