CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM CEO 2019

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE CEO HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS
2019 has been as busy as any year for us since the charity formed in 2012 with upwards of a hundred requests for assistance being acted upon. I think that despite our small size and limited bank balance the amount of good we do pound for pound because of our low overheads compared to any other military veterans support groups would be difficult to top and everyone here is very proud of that fact.

The number of times veterans we have assisted say to us “I can’t believe how quickly you reacted to my situation – thank you” no longer surprises us but that is only possible because of YOUR support. Here is a recent example from a veteran in the west midlands we assisted in October:

I recently had a really bad time with my PTSD and as a consequence found myself with no where to live. Finding somewhere was so difficult because you can’t register anywhere as you don’t have an address and when you do find somewhere the money needed initially is not something I was able to get. I filled in the form on the Help 4 Homeless veterans website explaining my situation and within 10 minutes I had a response from Steve…… A couple of days later I emailed back and explained I had found somewhere but that it was going to cost a months rent in advance. Within 10 minutes I received a call to say it had been paid and I was good to go…… I simply don’t know enough words to express how it’s helped me or what a weight has been lifted off me. Steve, the rest of the guys and the charity are an absolute god send.

We have received donations from a wide variety of individuals and groups all of which we are truly grateful for. I must mention the Veterans Foundation who have become our biggest supporter with their latest grant of £10,000 in November. Also a big thank you to the Army Benevolent Fund who following their grant in 2017 repeated their generous support by awarding us £15,000 recently. Thanks too again to my old RAF mate John Burgess aka Mr Kipling in Barnsley who once again gave us a van load of mince pies enough for Tom Wood to share around other worthy groups helping the sick and vulnerable after delivering to our own veterans in the houses we rent out.

Without all of this financial support our charity even though all of our staff are unpaid volunteers (except myself) would not be able to continue its valuable work. So please continue helping us to help our fellow veterans by visiting our just giving page at www.help4homelessveterans.org

2019 looks set to finish the same as it started for the charity. The work continues constantly with two requests for help last week alone.

We just hope and pray that someone in the New Government spends far more cash than before in providing more homes not just for veterans but all homeless people.

We are the fifth richest country in the world yet we have thousands of homeless people with no home to call their own. There but for the grace of God go anyone of us, so hassle your new MPs, send them this message That it is so wrong! I have already been in touch with my new Conservative MP, he will be sick of my name by this time next year!

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS will be doing our bit to help again next year with or without political assistance but for now have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year from Myself, Tom Wood Founder without whom none of this would be possible, his wife Jean whose efforts for the vulnerable veterans deserve a Sainthood!, John Healy Chair who works hard too, our Trustees and particularly the volunteers past and present who have given their time freely helping fellow veterans by fundraising and preparing homes for those we help. God Bless.

CHARITY PRESENTS A SHIELD TO EFFICIENCY NORTH

Pictured below: Mrs Jean Wood wife of Founder Tom Wood presenting a military style wall shield with the charity logo emblazoned with the message “Thank you for your support” to Paul and Simeon of Efficiency North.
 
The charity has benefitted enormously in terms of financial grants totalling £20,000 over the past two years, has received a Community Initiative Award in 2017 from Efficiency North’s EN-Able programme, and has been put forward for consideration for The Duke of York’s Community Iniative scheme later this year.
 
Steve the CEO on behalf of the charity said:
“ I wish to say thanks to everyone at Efficiency North for their substantial support given to Help 4 Homeless Veterans over the past couple of years.
We would not have progressed so far so quickly without your valuable assistance.
On behalf of the Trustees, Myself and everyone who volunteers for our charity, but most of all, the veterans who have managed to turn their lives around with your aid, a very big thank you and we are delighted to present you with this small token of our appreciation”.

BFBS BIG SALUTE GRANT £2750 ON 19TH JANUARY 2018

BIG SALUTE GRANTS AWARDED TO 13 CHARITIES A wide range of charities that offer help and support to service personnel, veterans and their families have received BFBS Big Salute grants. Alabare, Association of Royal Naval Officers (ARNO), Blesma The Limbless Veterans, Bridge4Heroes, Combat Stress, Felix Fund, Glen Art, Help 4 Homeless Veterans, Learning Through Horses, The Matthew Project, Turn to Starboard, Unload and Veterans Aid have all received grants. The progress of these projects will all be featured on the Forces Network www.forces.net via its digital, radio and TV platforms. These latest grants have been funded by the 2016-2017 Big Salute campaign, thanks to generous donations and sponsored events undertaken by personnel and military communities from across the forces world. And this year, the Big Salute fundraising pot had additional support from the Services Sound and Vision Corporation’s (SSVC) Board of Trustees. Nicky Ness, Director of Forces Broadcasting and Entertainment for SSVC, said: “We are delighted that we will be able to support so many brilliant charitable projects this year. “A huge thank you goes out to all of our supporters who organise annual events as well as the many individuals who have taken time out from their busy service lives to raise funds for the Big Salute.”   For more information and ideas about raising money for the Big Salute go online to www.bigsalute.com

VETERANS FOUNDATION GRANT US £5K – 15TH JANUARY 2018

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS received notification tonight that we are to get another grant this time for £4k from THE VETERANS FOUNDATION to support our work helping veterans with finding new homes.
We are very grateful to David Shaw and everyone at the VF for their ongoing help. The money will go a long way to enable our charity to meet our objectives for the next twelve months.
Join the Veterans Foundations own Lottery today and help them to help groups such as ours and win some cash for you!

COOP COMES UP WITH THE GOODS AGAIN

For the second time this year, we have received a sizeable donation from the Coop from their customer scheme. Over £3678 was raised through the stores in Hoyland and High Green.  Thank you all

AMPLIFON COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD

Amplifon Community Champion winners Tom and Jean Wood. Tom here with Simon Weston CBE and Giuseppe Manzo GM Amplifon UK receiving this thoroughly deserved recognition for their work with HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS

2 NEW VETERANS MOVE INTO OUR ACCOMMODATION

An ex ACC Cook  22 year veteran and a former Worcester & Sherwood Forresters soldier are our two latest tenants.  Both were referred through SSAFA Doncaster and offered accommodation as soon as we had met them both.  “John” who left the Army over 30 years ago said  “I cannot believe the amount of help I have received from the charity having left the Army so long ago“.

BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD’S ANDY KERSHAW VISITS THE CHARITY

HELP 4 HOMELESS VETERANS hosted BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD’s Andy Kershaw today when he interviewed 3 veterans to learn how the charity is helping these veterans.
The CEO will be speaking live on air on Saturday 22nd  about the work being done and our aspirations to expand the support to neighbouring towns.

VETERANS FOUNDATION DONATES £5000

Delighted to report that the Veterans Foundation has decided to award our charity £5k to enable us to continue with our work including expanding into other local authority areas. Please support their Lottery because by buying their tickets you are helping to fund projects such as ours.

EFFICIENCY NORTH COMMUNITY INITIATIVE AWARD 2017

Great day in Hull at the 2020 vision event by Efficiency North on the 13th June 2017. Thanks to Paul Mitchell and Liz Butcher for hosting myself and Ben Parkinson MBE our Patron. Delighted to accept from Paul and Jackie Axelby MBA MBE Chair, their COMMUNITY INITIATIVE AWARD 2017 and a fantastic cash boost to the charity of £7500.00. On behalf of our Trustees, our founder Tom Wood but most importantly the Veterans our charity helps Thank you EN for the continuing support you give to us to progress our work.