Charity Auction Scotland – Help for Heroes 20/10/13

Hi, I am contacting you in your capacity as a BHW scribe to see if you can assist with the following:-

For some years now I have been active in support of Help for Heroes and am the County Volunteer Co-ordinator for Argyll and Bute. H4H is a charity set up to provide lifelong support for those service personnel injured in conflicts since 9/11. The charities aims are as follows:-

H4H supports veterans and serving personnel who have been wounded or injured, or have become sick, as a result of serving their country. Additionally their families and dependents receive support from the Charity as they care for their loved one, and adapt to the new challenges that they face. Our primary focus is on those affected by recent and current conflicts due to the urgency and extent of their needs. Anyone is welcome to apply for support and will be considered on a case by case basis and referred to our charity partners where appropriate.

H4H is a tri-service military charity, providing support to full time, reservist Servicemen and women and veterans from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

H4H is strictly non-political. We accept that wars happen under any government and seek to support those people wounded in war, not to comment on the reasons behind such conflicts. Wars are brutal and Servicemen and women are injured almost daily – we can’t prevent this, but together, we can help those who are wounded in the service of our country to recover, and that is our focus; it’s as simple as that.

H4H has no affiliation with any political party and does not endorse the use of its name, brand or images for the promotion of any political viewpoint. The money raised by H4H’s supporters is used to support wounded service personnel regardless of gender, colour or creed and the Charity strongly opposes any individual or political party who would want otherwise, as well as those who seek to use the Charity’s name for their own political gain.

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Many events are held every year to support the charity, but to date I don’t think that any have been organised through the pigeon fancy in Scotland.

To remedy this it is intended to hold an auction near the end of October this year with the funds going to Help for Heroes. The idea is to have the donated birds on display as opposed to promissory donations. It is also hoped to get as much media coverage as possible, so that the fancy benefits as well from the publicity. The venue has not been finalised but will be in the central belt of Scotland.

If you know of any prominent/successful fancier from anywhere in the UK and Ireland who would possibly donate a bird, either a late bred specially for the sale or an older bird, please pass on my details or e mail or text me their details and I will get back in touch with them.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Yours Aye

Terry Markwick

Terry MarkwickCounty Co-ordinator Argyll and Bute | Help for Heroes

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Some more information on the Help for Heroes Auction.

It is being held on Sunday 20th October in Gartcosh Works Social Club. This is a great venue with fantastic facilities. It is also well located in central Scotland with easy access from all the main motorways in the central belt. The committee of the Social Club have agreed to lease the facility free of charge and it is the first time they have held an event like this. They admire Help for Heroes so much that they did not hesitate to offer the venue.

There has been a tremendous response from the pigeon fraternity across the UK with birds being offered by many prominent fanciers. Among them are Allan Darragh, T&K Mawhinney, Spence Bros., United Lofts, Joe Morrison and Davie Mawhinney of Northern Ireland. Sheldon Leonard and Billy Cullimore of Ireland. Barry Kinnear, Joe Murphy, Morris Bros., Jim Donaldson, Jim Hannah, Steven Aitcheson, Mick McMurchie, Ricky Young, Mark Findlay, Lindsay Cowan, Grant and McGovern, J&J Hood, GW & P Macaloney, Jim Cameron, Norman Orr, Dave Brown, David McStay and Billy Graham of Scotland. Birds have also been promised from England and it is anticipated that there will be a lot more donated before the day.

The idea is to have birds in pens so that fanciers can follow the old adage that “your eye is your merchant.” Commission bids will be accepted nearer the time and it is hoped that phone bids can be arranged too. The auctioneer is Scottish scribe Joe Murphy. All funds raised less any expenses with go straight to H4H.

Why Help for Heroes? Mainly because H4H believes that any Serviceman or woman who suffers life changing injuries in the line of duty deserves the very best support for life. The charity was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry who were moved to ‘do their bit’ after a visit to Selly Oak Hospital in 2007. The first task, suggested by General Sir Richard Dannatt (then Chief of the General Staff) was to fund a swimming pool at Headley Court (the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre near Epsom in Surrey). Because of legal restrictions it wasn’t possible to channel the money raised through existing Service charities for a capital building project so a new charity had to be established. Help for Heroes was launched on 1 October 2007.

Hope to see you there!


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About the author

Willie Reynolds

Covering the sport in Ireland for several years, scribe for both BHW & RP and a number of local newspapers including the News Letter (Farming Life Supplement) each Wednesday. Secretary of Ballymena & District for a number of years and currently PO for the Mighty NIPA & INFC. Watch out for the many articles/news items penned by HOMER.

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