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Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:16

Veteran’s Gruelling 100 Mile Ride

Mark Howard set a challenge to ride 100 miles to raise money for The Bridge for Heroes to provide help and support to other veterans and their families.


Mark relies on a wheelchair after suffering two serious injuries and took up hand cycling in 2013.


The challenge was to ride around Kings Lynn, Wisbech and Sutton Bridge. Supported by fellow riders Karl Perryman, Rob Womack, Simon Mccoy and Philip Carter plus a support vehicle driven by David Punshon.


The ride was a huge challenge in the 30-mile headwind. Fortunately, all completed the challenging ride apart from being tired but in good spirits.


Well done to everyone and thank you for the support.

A visit was organised on the 19th August for beneficiaries of the Bridge For Heroes to the Muckleburgh Military Collection. The purpose of the visit was to both get veterans out of their homes for the day with their peers and to also look into the possibility of doing some voluntary community work for the Museum which houses probably the best collection of military vehicles and equipment in the Eastern region.

The 12 who attended were met on arrival by the owner Sir Michael Savory who welcomed them to the Museum and after giving a short brief on the history of the site, went on to discuss the task of repainting the Harrier GR1 on display with which he could do with assistance.

From there the group were given a guided tour of the Collection by Bridge Volunteer, Gary Walker who have been involved with the museum since its inception.

Muckleburgh Visit 1

The many exhibits were described although some were very familiar to those on the tour having been equipped with the kit when in service. A stop for lunch was made in the museum café where all sampled the excellent homemade cakes after which the tour concluded with a visit to the outside anti-aircraft gun pits.

Muckleburgh Visit 3

It looks like we are all set now to continue with the activity by helping out with restoration, starting with the Harrier GR1.

Muckleburgh Visit 5

 

Monday, 03 August 2020 14:18

Covid 19

The Bridge for Heroes has continued to provide support to Veterans in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has been a lifeline for many who, due to the restrictions placed on both local and national services, were unable to receive help elsewhere.

This is Richards story:

Army veteran Richard came to our attention in April, following requests for us to provide him with support from his line manager and a local authority councillor, who sought our help for Richard as, due to unprecedented demand on services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and restraints placed by ‘lock-down’,  the council homeless department were unable to provide assistance.

Friday, 31 July 2020 08:28

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The Bridge for Heroes has continued to provide support to Veterans in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has been a lifeline for many who, due to the restrictions placed on both local and national services, were unable to receive help elsewhere.

This is Richards story:

Army veteran Richard came to our attention in April, following requests for us to provide him with support from his line manager and a local authority councillor, who sought our help for Richard as, due to unprecedented demand on services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and restraints placed by ‘lock-down’,  the council homeless department were unable to provide assistance.

Following the breakup of his marital relationship earlier in the year, leaving him homeless, Richard had found himself switching between sofa surfing and sleeping in his car, which was having a serious adverse effect on both his health but more importantly, his mental wellbeing.

Three days after making contact with us we were able to provide Richard with temporary hotel accommodation through a local helpful hotel owner, who was prepared to open his doors to take him in. In addition, we prepared a plan to enable continued practical and emotional support to assist him in managing his situation.

Once in his temporary accommodation, Richard received regular home visit’s, while we made contact with letting agents and progressed housing applications on his behalf.

In mid-May, just over 3 weeks after his case first came to our attention, Richard took up the tenancy of a one bedroom flat, in which he has now taken up permanent residence.

Our support enabled Richard to maintain his employment a

   
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Wednesday, 26 August 2020 09:16

Veteran’s Gruelling 100 Mile Ride

Mark Howard set a challenge to ride 100 miles to raise money for The Bridge for Heroes to provide help and support to other veterans and their families.


Mark relies on a wheelchair after suffering two serious injuries and took up hand cycling in 2013.


The challenge was to ride around Kings Lynn, Wisbech and Sutton Bridge. Supported by fellow riders Karl Perryman, Rob Womack, Simon Mccoy and Philip Carter plus a support vehicle driven by David Punshon.


The ride was a huge challenge in the 30-mile headwind. Fortunately, all completed the challenging ride apart from being tired but in good spirits.


Well done to everyone and thank you for the support.

A visit was organised on the 19th August for beneficiaries of the Bridge For Heroes to the Muckleburgh Military Collection. The purpose of the visit was to both get veterans out of their homes for the day with their peers and to also look into the possibility of doing some voluntary community work for the Museum which houses probably the best collection of military vehicles and equipment in the Eastern region.

The 12 who attended were met on arrival by the owner Sir Michael Savory who welcomed them to the Museum and after giving a short brief on the history of the site, went on to discuss the task of repainting the Harrier GR1 on display with which he could do with assistance.

From there the group were given a guided tour of the Collection by Bridge Volunteer, Gary Walker who have been involved with the museum since its inception.

Muckleburgh Visit 1

The many exhibits were described although some were very familiar to those on the tour having been equipped with the kit when in service. A stop for lunch was made in the museum café where all sampled the excellent homemade cakes after which the tour concluded with a visit to the outside anti-aircraft gun pits.

Muckleburgh Visit 3

It looks like we are all set now to continue with the activity by helping out with restoration, starting with the Harrier GR1.

Muckleburgh Visit 5

 

Monday, 03 August 2020 14:18

Covid 19

The Bridge for Heroes has continued to provide support to Veterans in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has been a lifeline for many who, due to the restrictions placed on both local and national services, were unable to receive help elsewhere.

This is Richards story:

Army veteran Richard came to our attention in April, following requests for us to provide him with support from his line manager and a local authority councillor, who sought our help for Richard as, due to unprecedented demand on services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and restraints placed by ‘lock-down’,  the council homeless department were unable to provide assistance.

Friday, 31 July 2020 08:28

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The Bridge for Heroes has continued to provide support to Veterans in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has been a lifeline for many who, due to the restrictions placed on both local and national services, were unable to receive help elsewhere.

This is Richards story:

Army veteran Richard came to our attention in April, following requests for us to provide him with support from his line manager and a local authority councillor, who sought our help for Richard as, due to unprecedented demand on services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and restraints placed by ‘lock-down’,  the council homeless department were unable to provide assistance.

Following the breakup of his marital relationship earlier in the year, leaving him homeless, Richard had found himself switching between sofa surfing and sleeping in his car, which was having a serious adverse effect on both his health but more importantly, his mental wellbeing.

Three days after making contact with us we were able to provide Richard with temporary hotel accommodation through a local helpful hotel owner, who was prepared to open his doors to take him in. In addition, we prepared a plan to enable continued practical and emotional support to assist him in managing his situation.

Once in his temporary accommodation, Richard received regular home visit’s, while we made contact with letting agents and progressed housing applications on his behalf.

In mid-May, just over 3 weeks after his case first came to our attention, Richard took up the tenancy of a one bedroom flat, in which he has now taken up permanent residence.

Our support enabled Richard to maintain his employment a

   

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