Ever since it was launched back in October 2007, the British charity Help for Heroes has raised money to help to improve facilities for wounded members of the British armed forces. Eager to support the cause, dozens of affiliated groups have sprung up to raise funds for various aspects of the charity’s work, but few areas are as inspirational as the Sports Recovery program.
Each year Help for Heroes puts on around 350 events covering as many as 50 different sports, enabling more than 2,000 wounded service personnel and veterans to take part in specially-adapted sporting events. Fundraising is crucial to the Sports Recovery effort and one group that has been at the forefront of the fundraising machine is the team known as Hockey for Heroes.
Since 2012 the Hockey for Heroes team has been involved in a series of extreme sports challenges, including playing 33 matches – a whole season’s worth − and completing the Three Peaks Challenge by scaling Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, and Snowdon in the space of just 10 days.
The squad, which has already raised thousands for the charity, embarks on a big tour every two years and is putting together plans for its next big challenge. Due to take place in 2017, the new fundraising activities are set to involve even greater levels of effort and exertion than ever before. As in previous years, these are driven by a love of the game.
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