Trust awards new funding to support veterans’ mobility
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) is delighted to announce new funding has been awarded to Help for Heroes, under the Veterans’ Mobility Fund.
Specialist mobility support
Following the launch of this highly specialist funding programme in July 2023, the Trust has now awarded a single grant of £2.52 million. This will enable Help for Heroes to deliver in-kind grants and equipment to veterans across the UK, to help with their mobility needs.
This includes mobility aids that are not usually available through the NHS, such as specialist wheelchairs and mobility scooters, and different orthotics such as splints and braces; which could have a significant impact on veterans’ mobility and quality of life.
High quality support to veterans
Help for Heroes will work in partnership with Blesma, The Limbless Veterans. Together, they will deliver high quality support to veterans with physical disabilities over the next five years. The fund will include a focus on evaluating the impact of the support received. Something that is always high on our agenda. It represents part of the new physical health pathway in England under Op RESTORE.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Rt Hon. Johnny Mercer MP, said: “I want to make this the best country in the world to be a veteran. To do that, it is only right that those who have served our country should have access to high quality support that allows them to get back to what they love doing. “
James Needham, CEO of Help for Heroes said: “The reinstatement of the Veterans’ Mobility Fund will make a vital difference to the lives of those injured during their military service, and it is great news that our charity has been recognised and trusted to deliver this fund.”
Anna Wright, Chief Executive of the Trust added: “We are delighted to award this funding to Help for Heroes. As always, our grant making focuses on ensuring positive impact upon those most in need in our Armed Forces communities. This latest award will not only provide direct, tangible support to injured veterans, but will also help to tackle wider issues such as reducing loneliness and isolation – something we’ve focused on for some time at the Trust.”
Find out more
The Veterans’ Mobility Fund grants programme from Help for Heroes is expected to be up and running by March 2024. You can access further updates via their website.
In the meantime, you can learn more about the Veterans’ Mobility Fund via our dedicated programme page.