By supporting Help for Heroes in your friend or relative’s memory you can help wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women across the country; changing the future for them and their families.
On 23 May 2011, Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna was killed by an improvised explosive device while leading a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Since then his family and friends have fundraised tirelessly in his honour. Here Sue and Mike remember their son-in-law and tell us why they’ve chosen to remember him through Help for Heroes’ work.
“Kevin joined the Army when he was 16. His mum wanted him to wait until he was older but he was determined to sign up. He was a dedicated and talented soldier, having done tours of Yugloslavia, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan during his 19 years of service; and he was about to be promoted to Company Serjeant Major.
“Kevin cared greatly for the men in his charge. He was a deep thinker, he trained hard and made sure his soldiers were as well prepared as they possibly could be; and he would never ask one of his men to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. On the day he flew out to Afghanistan that last time our daughter, Nia, was running the London marathon for Help for Heroes because she and Kevin supported the charity’s aims.
“That feeling when there’s a knock at the door and you see people in uniform standing there…. you don’t ever forget that feeling. For the first six months after Kev’s death we were in a state of shock, but doing something for Help for Heroes made sense. We were extremely proud of Kevin and he would have wanted us to do something positive to remember him. That’s just the kind of person he was.
“We’ve all done our bit to help fundraise over the years. We’ve cycled, run, swum, jumped out of planes, rattled collecting tins and sold merchandise at local events. We started out with modest intentions but can’t believe the generosity of everyone around us. And it’s not just about raising money: we also raise awareness of the charity’s work and tell Veterans and families about the services available to help them. We’ve met so many wonderful people along the way and really feel we’re making a difference.
“If you’re thinking of donating or fundraising in memory of a loved one, we can only say how much we’ve benefited. We’ve lost but we’ve also been able to give back, and that’s been very cathartic. Even if you have nothing but your time to give, knowing you’re helping others can really help you too.
“We still miss Kev and always will. He died doing the job he loved but so many of those he served with have to live the rest of their lives with terrible injuries. Kevin would have wanted to help them and that’s what keep us going.”
Just as we all have our precious memories of those we’ve loved and lost, we also have our own ways of paying tribute to them. Whether you want to make a one-off contribution, ask for donations in lieu of flowers at their funeral or memorial service, take part in a sponsored challenged or organise your own fundraising event, please know we are honoured and humbled to be thought of in this way.
Please choose from the options below to learn more about the different ways we can help you commemorate someone special.
If you have recently lost a loved one and are arranging a funeral or memorial service, you may wish to hold a collection in their memory or make a donation to Help for Heroes. Many people find this a positive and meaningful way to pay their respects to someone special.
We appreciate this can be a very difficult time are here to make the process as simple as possible for you.
To order donation envelopes for the service or to send to friends and family, contact our Supporter Care Team on 0300 303 9888.
We ask that cash donations are not sent in the post but we can accept cheques made out to Help for Heroes, as well as bank transfers or donations made online or over the phone.
You can contact the team on 0300 303 9888 (calls to this number are charged at your standard network rate) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a one-off donation please call our Supporter Care Team on 0300 303 9888 (calls to this number are charged at your standard network rate) or donate online and leave a comment to let us know your gift is in memory.
Whether you call or donate online, please tell us the name of the person you’re commemorating so we can ensure your donation is marked as being in their honour.
Taking part in a Help for Heroes event or sponsored challenge is a great way to create new and happy memories while paying tribute to your loved one.
Whether you’re a keen walker, runner, baker, cyclist, knitter or swimmer, a fabled jam-maker, picture-painter or sponsored silence superstar you can enjoy your favourite hobby and put your talents to the test for a very good cause.
To help us ensure you have everything you need for your event to go smoothly, please get in touch to register it by calling 0300 303 9888 (calls to this number are charged at your standard network rate) or email email@example.com As well as being able to support you in your preparation, we’d also love the chance to thank you and find out more about the very special person who’s inspired you.
Lots of our friends like to set up a page on the Just Giving website as it’s a simple and familiar way of sharing your fundraising story and collecting all of your donations in one place. It can also be a great comfort to read others’ messages of support and know you’re not alone in missing your loved one.
To create an In Memory page on Just Giving, click here and follow the short set of instructions. Remember to mark it as being a Remembrance page and select Help for Heroes as your chosen charity. That will ensure we receive all the information we need to record your collection correctly.
However you choose to honour your loved one, you can rest assured that their name
and memory will live on in our work and in the hearts of those your donations will help.
Big or small, every donation makes a difference to our wounded Servicemen and women and their loved ones.
Tuesday 22 December 2015Fisher House was there for Kerry and Nobby, supported by Help for Heroes