Last week, members of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters enjoyed a relaxing cruise from Chiswick Pier to Westminster thanks to the Chiswick Pier Trust.
Those in attendance were welcomed with refreshments at the Pier House before making their way aboard for a sightseeing cruise from Chiswick Pier to Westminster and back.
The Help for Heroes Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters memberships provide the chance to get in touch with other people who have shared experiences of being injured and of what it is like to care for their nearest and dearest, giving them the opportunity to support each other through the days ahead.
Veteran and Help for Heroes Ambassador Mark Taylor said, “It is really brilliant for members of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters to be able to come along to events like this, socialise and share their experiences, and we are really grateful to the Chiswick Pier Trust for making it happen. It has been a great day despite the weather and was lovely to spend time with my family and see the sights of London from the dry of the boat!”
Help for Heroes Band of Sister Member Pam Garland whose son is currently serving, joined the cruise with her brother, who is local to Chiswick. Pam said of the cruise, “It has been wonderful to come and spend some time today with those in a similar boat – if you’ll pardon the pun - whilst my son is out in Afghanistan. Friends at home are wonderful and have been really supportive, but there is something really precious about being able to spend time with others who are, or have been through similar experiences.”
By donating the cruise to Help for Heroes, the Chiswick Pier Trust facilitated a wonderful experience and opportunity for members to come together to relax, share and enjoy one another’s company.
Chiswick Pier Trust Chair of Trustees Sarah Hodgson said, “We are delighted this wonderful Band of Brothers and Sisters came here for a morning out on the river. Some have travelled from as far as Lincolnshire and Southampton to come to Chiswick Pier for our cruise and it was a great pleasure and a privilege to meet them.”
Hear more from Mark and Pam about the cruise here: www.chiswickbuzz.net/community/community-reports/80-community/261-help-for-heroes-cruise