10th October 2012
Hastings Direct's community programme — A Helping Hand — is supporting Troop Aid by donating £400 towards the supply of Grab Bags.
Hastings Direct's A Helping Hand makes financial, professional and physical support available to the local community. Each month Hastings is able to offer either professional support from its 1,400 +staff, or physical support with team building days. In addition, Hastings has made a small monthly grant available to support local funding.
Troop Aid was founded in November 2006 by three ex servicemen as a result of a visit to Selly Oak Hospital's Alexandra Wing in Birmingham. This is the home of the Defence Medical Welfare Services who are responsible for the welfare of all Armed Forces Personnel, male and female who have been injured during the conflict in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
When injured troops return to the United Kingdom from the war zones they arrive back without their personal effects or clothing. The objective of Troop Aid is to supply the 'basic essentials' when service casualties return from serving their country overseas.
Grab Bags are currently being sent to the Field Hospital in Afghanistan, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham plus the Ministry of Defence Hospital Units in Plymouth, Portsmouth and Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley.
Linda Stokes, charity representative, Troop Aid : "We will continue to support our injured troops for as long as we are needed, but it is only with support such as that given by Hastings Direct that we can continue to do this."
Jay Wootten, chair A Helping Hand: "We are honoured to support Troop Aid by assisting in the provision of Grab Bags. To think that basic items such as a toothbrush and a clean t shirt can provide dignity and self respect to the injured men and women returning from active duty is humbling."
If you know of a local organisation in need of A Helping Hand, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.