As Help for Heroes is a charity close to many of Ringway employees hearts, our senior managers from across the group wanted to show our support by collecting donations at our annual conference.
Tom West has a daughter and son in law who have both toured in Afghanistan and will be visiting again next year, they are both serving in the UK at present. Tom said ‘I was delighted to present Rob Pooley, the charities County Co-ordinator with a cheque for £1025.00 at our Ashford Depot. It is a fantastic charity which I fully support'.
Many of Ringway employees are in the TA and have or will serve in Afghanistan, Richard Carson our Regional Plant and Fleet Manager is being deployed in 2011.
"Ringway have been incredible supportive to me, which makes life so much easier knowing that I have the support from both home and work! I am lucky to work for a company that are so understanding." Said Richard Carson
The charity helps the wounded Service men and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The message of the charity is simple: They are strictly non political and non critical; they simple want to help. They believe that anyone who volunteers to serve in time of war, knowing that they may risk all, is a hero.
‘When Emma and I decided to do our bit to help wounded servicemen in 2007 we had no idea so many people across the UK would decide to join us and together, create the Help for Heroes phenomenon. People have run, climbed, cycled, swum, parachuted, baked, in fact done just about anything honest and decent to raise money to support our blokes. The money raised, £60m to date, is all used to provide direct, practical support to those wounded in the service of our country. Ringway's wonderful fundraising is hugely welcomed, they should be congratulated and, on behalf of all those who the money will benefit, thanked. Well done team; Great effort!'
Said Bryn Parry, CEO of the Help for Heroes
Money raised can contribute towards, the Rehabilitation Complex currently under construction at Headley Court, the Combat stress treatment centre extension, the Norton House ‘home from home', which is a place for family members to stay when visiting loved ones in hospital. Battle Back which is a military initiative that enables the wounded to enjoy adventure training and adaptive sports and Skill Force which allows servicemen to undergo an internship and learn new skills working with and inspiring school children.
Those serving are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and some of them are living with the consequences of their service for life. We may not be able to prevent our soldiers from being wounded, but with the money raised we can help them get better.
Photo: Ringway staff cheque presentation: left to right: Tom West, Rob Pooley