World-famous tailor and bespoke menswear line Gieves & Hawkes has been collecting your digital donations in stores across the UK since 2012, and in late 2015, they chose for those donations to help wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women via The Endeavour Fund.
During the course of four and a half months, from November 2015 to March 2016, your pennies added together to raise a wonderful £1,643.73 for the charity, which provides fundamental support to those who have sacrificed so much in service.
Approximately 10 million people from the UK belong to the strong armed forces community. Each day they all face a great number of mental and physical challenges. Sometimes these huge demands take their toll and servicemen and women can become wounded, injured or sick as a result.
With generous donations like yours, The Endeavour Fund is able to offer seed funding for sporting and adventure challenges, allowing servicemen and women to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.
In June this year, a team of 22 ‘hard to reach’ veterans in the wounded, injured and sick community (WIS) began a 2000 mile journey around the coast of Britain with Turn 2 Starboard. As part of the Round Britain Challenge, individuals are able to embark on the journey of a lifetime becoming very competent sailors along the way and completing an internationally recognised marine qualification too.
Mark, who took park in a previous endeavour describes his experience:
“Having both mental and physical problems makes it hard not only with regards to day to day living but also being able to envisage a positive future where I am able to pursue hobbies and achieve ambitions. Being part of Team Endeavour this season has enabled me to compete with others at a national level without being disadvantaged by my disabilities.
From only driving a race boat literally minutes before competing in the first race of the season, due to the support and mentoring of the team now 6 months later I am representing Team Endeavour Racing at the world championships in Malta.”
Donations made by Gieves & Hawkes’ customers through Pennies have contributed to the running of activities just like these but your support does not stop here – your donations will enable the Fund as it supports future endeavours too.
In August this year, a former British Army corporal will attempt to become the first ever above the knee double amputee to scale and conquer one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe – the 4,478m (14,692ft) Matterhorn in Switzerland. With the support of The Endeavour Fund, Neil will climb with a professional local mountain guide and former British Army soldiers Steve Green and Mark Hooks. Neil Heritage is the first British soldier to survive an above the knee double amputation after being blown up by a suicide bomber in Basra, Iraq.
“In the first few years post injury the idea of walking and leading a normal life seemed out of reach. Now being able to attempt this challenge makes me realise how far things have come. I hope it encourages others dealing with physical and mental injuries to follow their dreams and realise there is life beyond injury.”
By donating at Gieves & Hawkes stores, you’ve helped The Endeavour Fund achieve some amazing feats. Ultimately we would like to thank you for your generosity – it goes to show just how much your pennies really do count.