Employees from all areas of Border Force have banded together to raise more than £150,000 for Help for Heroes, helping to provide lifelong support to wounded, injured or sick service personnel and veterans.
During the last 2 and a half years, staff have given up their own time to take on a huge variety of fundraising challenges, beating their original target of £50,000 in just 9 months.
Along the way, there have been head shaves, dragon boat races, giant Easter egg raffles, and midnight marathons on Heathrow runway (during the night time no-flying period!). There have also been some incredible feats of fitness and endurance, with people running back to back marathons every weekend and rowing the equivalent distance from Dunkirk to the UK coast on a rowing machine.
To mark the end of the partnership in July, staff took part in a “Last Hurrah for Heroes”, a final week of fundraising to support the work of the charity and to celebrate everything that the partnership has achieved so far.
Alistair Lockhart, director of Fundraising at H4H said: “Help for Heroes is hugely grateful to Border Force for everything they have done to support the Charity. We rely heavily on the generous donations raised which directly help rebuild lives. We’d like to thank everyone who has donated and helped support our beneficiaries and hope everyone has had lots of fun too!”
The money raised from Border Force has the possibility of helping veterans in a variety of different areas, including: Sports Recovery, Psychological Wellbeing, and Hidden Wounds.