Veterans Aid exists to help veterans who may be in crisis, homeless or likely to become homeless. The organisation exists to help ex-veterans, regardless of how long they served or whether they were in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, RAF or Merchant Service.
Read Hugh Milroy's Blog, CEO of VA to learn more about some of the exciting projects this influential organisation is involved in.
Veteran's Aid will always try its best to help and we would like to support this organisation in its valuable work. This organisation is not well known but does an incredible job with very little resources.
We are looking for Pledges/Gifts to auction and they will be, hopefully, the kind of thing either money couldn't buy OR you couldn't justify spending the sort of money they would cost if it wasn't for the generosity of the donor.Contact a member of the Shire Heroes team today with your idea, or with news on how you can help. Thank you.
Remember all monies raised go directly to the three organisations supported by Shire Heroes, Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and Veteran's Aid. This group is totally voluntary and all we will receive is a Thank You, just like any other donor. Visit http://www.veterans-aid.net
£8.00 can make all the difference
You can make a difference. On average the men and women are in the direct care of Veteran's Aid for about 8 months. A room in a Veteran's Aid hostel works out at £5,400 per year and there are many other associated additional costs for sundry items.
You can make a significant difference to the life of a former service man or woman for as little as £8.00.
If you buy a ticket for the Armed Forces Black Tie Ball @ £30.00 per head, the profit of £7.50 made on each ticket will help make that difference and you get to enjoy a brilliant night out with your friends or colleagues and meet other business around Northamptonshire, so you can network in a relaxed environment.
If you bid for the Ferrari Experience day at Silverstone which has been pledged by a Veteran's Aid supporter, then ALL this money will go directly to Veteran's Aid.
So come along on Friday, 28th October, 2011 to help make a difference to all these men and women who have given so much to us over all these years.
Where does your money go?
Every penny you donate provides real, practical assistance to help turn round the life of a former service man or woman who has given so willingly of their time, their career, and sometimes their lives. For those that remain, sometimes life has not been so kind, as a result of their experiences, and Veteran's Aid is there to help them rebuild their lives again. See below for examples of how your valuable donations are invested.
|Bed||To accommodate residents in short-term and for future flats||180.00|
|Armchair||For residents' bedrooms||150.00|
|TV||Small individual unit for residents' bedrooms||100.00|
|Bedside Table||For residents' bedrooms||50.00|
|Microwave||Cost to equip resident's bedroom for independent living, per unit||30.00|
|Kettle||Cost to equip resident's bedroom for independent living, cost per unit||8.00|
|Toaster||Cost to equip resident's bedroom for independent living, cost per unit||10.00|
|Bedside lamp||Cost to equip resident's bedroom for independent living, cost per unit||10.00|
|Duvet & pillow cases||Cost to equip resident's bedroom for independent living, cost per unit||25.00|
|Clothing||New clothing on arrival, when residents arrive it is important to estalish self-respect, their clothes are often soiled from living on the streets and from drinking heavily||60.00|
|Suit for Interview||As soon as we can, and once a resident is clean and comfortable and settled, we start the process of encouraging and helping them to rebuild their lives. This often involves retraining and once re-skilled we support with advice, guidance and tutorials to help our ex servicemen and women rebuild their lives. Attending and being successful at job interviews is crucial to this processs.||70.00|
|Winter Coat||We all know how bitterly cold the last few winters have been and we aim to look after our residents, part of that support is to ensure that they feel able to face the world and feel their best when re-establishing their lives in the outside world. Imagine standing on a cold railway platform without a coat, or turning up at an interview freezing cold. We aim to ensure we give our residents the best possible chance to re-establish their lives by ensuring they are fully equipped in every sense of the word. We find this aspect vital to ensure ongoing success for our residents, and for society as a whole as they start to contribute once more.||20.00|
|Toiletries||We always leave a welcome bag of toiletries in a new resident's bedroom. Often they arrive with nothing. This support encourages cleanliness and most importantly a feeling of respect and care - a vital part of the rebuilding process.||8.00|
|Permanent Flat||Moving into a flat on graduation, a place where a resident can live permanently and continue to rebuild their life can be relatively costly initially, however, it forms a permanent basis from which a person can continue to work, pay taxes and continue to contribute to society, making it a valuable and rewarding investment for all concerned.||2,500.00|
|Depending on the level of care required when residents first come to us, it may be that we need to provide an intensive therapy course, these can vary from detox, to rehabilitation. Although the cost seems high, the cost to society of not under-going treatment can be many times higher in the longer-term.||5,400.00|
Retraining and reskilling courses vary, a typical course might involve tree surgery, or plumbing for example.