AMBASSADOR AMBER’S BOOK SIGNING

Thank you everyone who came along and supported Amber on 1st June 2024.

We also all read some poetry and everyone picked and read the poems beautifully.

Event run to raise funds for H4HV and the
Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre – Lowestoft

The 2 books of poems are available to order by contacting Amber Guymer-Hosking on  help4homelessveterans1@outlook.com

 

Founder Stands Down

Since creating H4HV in 2010 Founder Tom Wood MBE, despite major health concerns has not stopped.

Sadly he stood down on 24th April 2024 after his latest hospital appointment sending us this message:I’m really sorry but as things stand, I will have to step away from the charity something I never envisaged doing, but they said stress & lifting are major factors…..

I now need to spend time with Jean without distractions. Jean is also struggling to walk due to osteoarthritis in her hip and awaiting to see the specialist.

Wishing you and the charity all the best for the future from both myself and Jean

 

Dear Tom and Jean

A sad day for you both but also for the charity that you two created starting in 2010 and converting to charitable status in 2012. Starting up a charity is a massive thing. Not many can do that and I count myself in that number. To get it running beyond years 1 and 2 is uncommon, many new starts never get past this point.

To run it for 5 years virtually alone before employing someone to carry the burden particularly when facing very worrying health conditions is amazing. Since 2015 you Jean and the charity have received well-deserved formal recognition including 2 team Royal Awards and your own MBE. Outstanding in anyone’s book.

The total number of veterans receiving help from our charity is around the 1000 mark. Many lives changed for the better because of what you started. Brilliant. Your health has deteriorated, I know we physically cannot do things we did a few years ago to help veterans any longer. But those houses we prepared cleaned furnished then eventually cleared were real homes for vulnerable veterans when they were needed. Fantastic. Your decision to stand down and I know this as we have discussed this moment numerous times, has been very very hard for you. But I believe as I have also spoken to Jean that this is the correct decision for you both. I hope forthcoming medical treatments give you quality and quantity of life.

The Trustees will be discussing the future of the charity at the forthcoming extraordinary general meeting.I have agreed to work subject to my own health holding up until June 2025. From the meeting onwards things will be different as without your support I will need help whichever way trustees choose to steer us.

Thank you for putting your trust in me in 2015 to share the highs and few lows of running your charity. Finally be proud of Help 4 Homeless Veterans your creation and all we have achieved to date. You can walk away with your heads held sky high. Your friend through thick and thin

Steve

COVID 2 YEARS ON

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.

Help4HomelessVeterans

Therapy Farm Host Army Benevolent Fund

CHIEF OF STAFF BRIGADIER RTD PETER MONTEITH MBE

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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MERRY CHRISTMAS 2021

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.

FUN ON THE FARM FOR VETERANS

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

ceohelp4homelessveterans@gmail.com

CEO CHRISTMAS 2020 MESSAGE

CHRISTMAS 2020 MESSAGE FROM THE CEO OF HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS
Well where do you start with 2020? Unprecedented certainly, challenging definitely, rewarding without doubt and better for a number of veterans who received our assistance since last Christmas.
We have managed to offer support and advice to 93 veterans since Christmas 2019. This has been delivered by paying Rents, bonds, provision of essential goods such as a new bed, cookers, fridges TVs pots and pans.
Despite all the restrictions that the pandemic has thrown at us, we have continued to operate non-stop and remain proud of our rapid reaction times to responses for help requests, regularly surprising people how quickly we get back to them.
We have helped veterans as far afield as Jersey, Haverfordwest, Scottish Border and all points in between including quite a few around Yorkshire. The majority are former soldiers, a few RAF and RN and 1 RM. Some help has been given not just to individual veterans but also to partners and children too.
We have just like so many charities struggled to fund raise but we have been lucky to attract a few decent grants to enable us to continue operations without financial worry maintaining our reserves. We have also benefited from the generous support from various supporters thank you.
Our exceptional work over the past few years has been recognized by a variety of Group and Individual awards, but this year we received the ultimate accolade any charity can earn. Her Majesty The Queen rewards the very best charities with her Queens Award for Voluntary Service. We were one of only two charities in South Yorkshire presented with this prestigious award this year something we are all justifiably proud of receiving.
As I write this with one week left until Christmas Day we are today currently working with 4 veterans providing assistance and I have no doubt in the next week there will be more, we may even reach 100 by then.
Finally, looking forward to next year I predict even greater rewards as our work ethic is stronger than ever and we are already planning to introduce the FARM THERAPY PROJECT linking up with an old RAF colleague Jamie Quinn to get Veterans out in the fresh air doing something different and helping with their mental health wellbeing.
The other initiative we are getting ready to introduce is a drop-in centre/shop in Barnsley town centre.
Of course our core work helping homeless veterans will continue as always, sadly the numbers continue to rise each year, but we will always try our level best to help when asked by individual veterans in need.
2020 has been a difficult year but I am confident that 2021 will be better and HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS charity and our tiny team of excellent volunteers will rise to the future challenges to keep us right up there with the best military charities providing help to our fellow Veterans in their hour of need.
Steve Bentham-Bates

FUND RAISING HAIR RAISING STYLE!

Samantha our star volunteer from the South Coast did an amazing Wing Walk to raise funds for us a while ago.  Inspired to do something please get in touch.

CHARITY APPOINTS A NEW AMBASSADOR

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS CHARITY APPOINTS A NEW AMBASSADOR –

AMBER GUYMER-HOSKIN FORMER ARMY MEDIC

 

We are delighted to announce that Amber has very kindly offered to become an Ambassador for our charity from today 14th July 2020.

 

Amber has not only walked the walk but now talks the talk about Homelessness. She speaks from experience and since she turned to us in 2017 she has been our unofficial ambassador telling her story of how she coped with her homelessness whilst caring for her son Brandon to various media outlets to spread the message.

 

She has spoken to Andy Kershaw at BBC Radio Sheffield; The Huffington Post for The Sun and gave permission for us to tell her journey with us on our latest Charity Flyers. She also supported us on our stands at Armed Forces Day whilst living in South Yorkshire.  Amber is about to be filmed for a documentary about Veterans and PTSD and how homelessness affected her.

 

Hers is a compelling tale of how she has turned her life around and I am sharing a few of her own words below:

 

 I was on my last legs at the time and just felt exhausted and that I had nowhere else to turn. It was a simple google search which led me to Help 4 Homeless Veterans and it was a huge relief when they said they’d be able to help me.

 

They quickly managed to organise a one-bedroom bungalow for the both of us. We felt safe with a roof over our heads and it helped to have some order in our lives.  Help 4 Homeless Veterans is based in Yorkshire and they had access to social housing, which they sublet to veterans at cost. They offer assistance to veterans all over the country and acted really quickly. It was a huge relief for me. I finally felt safe and stable for the first time in a long time. It was far away from home, which is Suffolk, but I wasn’t bothered as I had a home.

 

Finally, I felt able to get my life back on track.  It took me a year to properly adjust to things when I had the house and to know what I really wanted. At the time I couldn’t work as I had childcare commitments, so I had a lot of time to try a figure things out in my head.

At times I did struggle and kept on thinking that we’d be out on the streets again. It took me a year to get over this and having the house definitely helped me with my transition. Like most veterans, I’m not sure if I will very properly transition but this was a huge stepping stone to becoming a ‘civilian’.

I moved into my own house in Suffolk last year and have just launched a business running boot camps while I complete my fitness diploma returning the bungalow to the charity.

 

Amber’s story is a genuine success for her and Brandon and also for our charity.  This is why we exist, to assist vulnerable veterans when they are at their lowest point, giving them a hand-up, not a hand-out.  Those that take advantage of a second chance, will, just like our new Ambassador rebuild their lives.

Welcome Aboard Madam Ambassador!

CHARITY RECEIVES THE ULTIMATE ACCOLADE – THE QUEENS AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE

It was announced on 2nd June 2020 that Help 4 Homeless Veterans Charity was one of only two in South Yorkshire to be given this prestigious award this year.

This is the MBE equivalent for charities, no higher award is available.

This represents the amazing work carried out over a number of years of volunteers past and present enabling the charity staff to support almost 600 veterans facing homelessness to date.