What is the definition of a ‘Hero’?
When you have two young boys like myself, the concept of a ‘hero’ alludes to a superhero, typically the Marvel Avengers kind with impregnable armour, superhuman qualities or super tools such as grapple guns.
For the rest of us, a hero or heroine is someone who can be admired for their noble values, courage or outstanding achievements. They are not always victorious, but they are often regarded highly for great acts and bravery.
A Day with Heroes on the French Riviera
On Saturday 10th June, residents on the French Riviera will have the opportunity to attend a fundraising day with a group of Heroes.
Who are these ‘Heroes’? The Heroes are a group of 10 soldiers who have all served in active service abroad and were wounded in war zones. All have been medically discharged ; some will have visible injuries, amputations, loss of sight, some will have mental injuries, PTSD, disassociation disorders and they will share their inspirational stories of how they are moving forward in life.
The day is organised by Rachael Dickens, a public figure on the French Riviera and business owner at the English Osteopath, who is Lead Medical and a key member of the committee for the Supporting Wounded Veterans Foundation (formerly Skiing with Heroes) that supports the rehabilitation of veterans on the path to reemployment.
From 7.45pm, a hog roast dinner will be hosted in a private villa in Valbonne consisting of a welcome drink, 3-course dinner with some wine, raffle draw and entertainment. Tickets are just €50 each (excluding Eventbrite booking fee); NOTE: Evening dinner is for ages 18+ only. Grab your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heroes-dinner-tickets-34217103277?aff=efbevent
About Supporting Wounded Veterans
Supporting Wounded Veterans (formerly Skiing with Heroes) is a charity that helps wounded veterans get back into civilian life and occupation. Founded in 2012 as ‘Skiing with Heroes’, their initial activity was the organisation of a rehabilitation ski week and, since the first one in Klosters in 2013, the charity has been able to increase the number of veterans taken each year; last year over 100 veterans applied for the trip and there are already 60 applicants for next year.
Because each of the veterans require differing levels of ongoing support and encouragement, SWV have created a needs-based Occupation, Training and Employment (OTE) Programme which the veterans join following the ski trip. They have also recently opened a Pain Management Clinic, specifically for wounded veterans.
Many of the veterans take up sports after their injuries and share their triumphs via the SWV Facebook page including 3 that have been selected to represent Team GB in the 2017 Invictus Games to be held in Toronto in September.
I hope you support this worthwhile charity that helps people who have given so much. If you can’t attend the event on Saturday, you can make a donation via their website http://www.supportingwoundedveterans.com/
Image credits: Supporting Wounded Veterans / Skiing with Heroes