Why Support Us
EVERY CONTRIBUTION COUNTS
It would be too easy to assume that because of the cost of property, small contributions to the fund will have little effect. This is not so; every contribution is vital and very much appreciated. If we could all contribute just a little to Coming Home, our valiant “Few” injured comrades would be eternally grateful to their “Many” friends.
Perhaps the first two contributions to the fund illustrate perfectly the goodwill and support there is for our beneficiaries. On first hearing about the need for Coming Home funds, a wheelchair-bound ex-Service tenant of Haig Homes living on one of the charity’s estates immediately donated £25 to the cause with the words “I know what they will have to go through, I hope this helps”.
The second contribution was from the 22nd (Cheshire) Regimental Association who collected £890 at a dinner function on hearing about Coming Home from one of their guests. A most splendid and impromptu gesture which is also much appreciated.
WHY WE NEED MONEY
The Trust is focusing on providing housing solutions for injured Service personnel discharged from the Armed Forces, and has attracted widespread demand for its services. This ranges from initial advice on general housing matters through to providing housing tailored to the very specific needs of a seriously disabled individual.
The majority of Service personnel seeking housing help will have had little, if any, previous experience in buying or renting accommodation. Many are relatively young and will not have had to think about such things until, suddenly, they were injured and facing up to finding somewhere to live once they were discharged from the Services. Some, understandably, need help to do this, particularly when they need a home capable of meeting their very particular needs and, possibly, the needs of their carers.
The challenge facing our beneficiaries is to rebuild their lives. They need the security of a decent, safe and adapted home to do so, in an area where they feel comfortable and can be supported, often for the rest of their lives.
This is a significant challenge and the Trust aims to buy and adapt individual properties to suit an individual’s particular needs. To do this it needs to raise significant funds, and Coming Home is the fundraising campaign to do this.
WHY IS CHARITY MONEY NEEDED TO LOOK AFTER SERVICE WOUNDED PERSONNEL?
The wounded are paid military pensions on medical discharge from the Services and now receive compensation (up to £570k maximum) through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). However, this is in recognition of "pain and suffering"; it has to last to help them throughout their lives and is NOT designed to provide adapted housing.
Thanks to modern medical treatment, enhanced body armour and swift helicopter evacuation from the battlefield, badly wounded Service personnel are surviving with terrible injuries which would have killed them as little as 20 years ago.
The UK has a history of charitable support of the Armed Forces and we are pleased that many people wish to continue with this. Many of our heroes will be able to lead fulfilling lives but will need help from us all throughout their lives.
DON'T LOCAL AUTHORITIES HAVE A STATUTORY DUTY TO PROVIDE HOUSING ASSISTANCE?
Local Authorities help whenever they can. However, they struggle within budgetary restrictions to be able to provide suitable, adapted accommodation in the required location and within time limits, especially for the single young men who form the bulk of the badly wounded.
LAs have long housing lists, and even disabled single Servicemen do not rate highly on the points system currently used to determine housing need compared with, for example, families with small children. Despite central Government's ruling that compensation payments should be discounted when allocating housing, not all LAs seem to have taken this on board.
Some social housing can be of poor quality and may be in locations and neighbourhoods which would be difficult for a disabled living. Our Service heroes deserve better; they need to be in properly adapted accommodation, in an area they need to be (near family, carers etc) and, if the LAs can't help, then we must.
HELP FOR HEROES HAS RAISED MILLIONS FOR WOUNDED SERVICE PERSONNEL. WHY IS MORE NEEDED AND WHY CAN'T H4H'S FUNDS OR THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION COVER HOUSING COSTS?
Haig Housing Trust (HHT) is the strategic housing partner of H4H. The Coming Home Campaign has the full backing and support of Bryn Parry, founder of H4H and other Service charities. H4H has done, and continues to do, a fantastic job in raising money to help with the early stages of rehabilitation and to get the wounded back to some enjoyment of life with a view to the future.
H4H will continue to raise funds as the requirements of the badly wounded and disabled will continue for the rest of their lives. There are so many calls on H4H's funds that it cannot also provide the large sums required to provide specialist housing. This is where Coming Home comes in.
The RBL and other ex-Service charities have an overarching role in helping ex-Service personnel in need, from the provision of places in nursing homes, to various methods of assistance to the elderly survivors of the Second World War and National Service. The requirements of these groups continue to rise as the population ages and this rise is not expected to plateau until at least 2020. It may not be the 'exciting' end of the charity market but there remains a large group needing this help, leading Haig Housing Trust to raise funds for our, separate, beneficiaries.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO RAISE £20M?
Coming Home's £20million target is derived from the rough cost of £200,000 per recipient, aiming to help at least 100 injured Servicemen. Sadly, the number of personnel needing our help continues to rise as military operations continue.