A Day with Heroes on the French Riviera : Saturday 10 June 2017

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


Christmas Charity Toy Collections on the French Riviera

Every year there are local charity toy drives to collect toys and gifts to distribute at Christmas to less fortunate children.

Vinci Autoroutes run collections at the Antibes péage and La Ciotat which has just finished on 01 December.

The Red Cross and Secours Populaire also collect donations that they hand out to families in the region.  Secours Populaire have Green Santas each year that hand out toys, books and Christmas food parcels to families in difficulty.  You can contribute by donating festive food or gifts for children – last year, over 150,000 children received a gift on behalf of the Secours Populaire.

Local company Côte d’Azur Villas are  also collecting toys and games to be distributed this year.

Drop off details:  Until 16 December 2016 you can donate good quality or new toys, games and books

Drop off Monday to Friday between 9am – 5.30pm

Where:  At the offices of Côte d’Azur Villa Rentals, Villa 1, Villantipolis, 473 Route des Dollines  06560 Valbonne, Sophia Antipolis


About Côte d’Azur Villas:  

Côte d’Azur Villas is the leading property rental agency on the French Riviera and in Provence with a portfolio of over 250 villas available for holiday and long term rentals. Based in Sophia Antipolis, the company was founded in 2003 by Greg and Marion Harris. This entrepreneurial couple have taken the business to new heights including a portfolio of international villa rentals and team members based throughout the region.


Charity sale – Adults & Childrenswear, Toys, Books – ANTIBES Sat 27 Feb

Everyone is welcome at a charity sale with new and pre-loved adults and children’s clothes, toys and books to be hosted in Antibes on Saturday 27 February between 10.30am-4.30pm.

All proceeds go to Chances for Children Foundation (www.c4c.mc) with some great bargains on the day across brands including Gap, Esprit and Next.

Charity Clothes Sale - all proceeds to Chances for Children

Charity Clothes Sale – all proceeds to Chances for Children

There will also be mini photo shoots – €10 for 5 photos so its a perfect opportunity to capture your little ones smiling faces!

What:  Charity Clothes Sale

Where:  L’Amiraute Café, 3-4 Place Amiral Bernaud, 06600 ANTIBES

From:  10.30am-4.30pm


NEW blog category ! Charities / causes

New blog category

I have created a new category for my blog – Charities / causes.


While many of us endeavour to ‘give back’, it never eventuates and our best laid intentions are often swept to the side with family life, work, school commitments etc

By creating a new category, it is giving me motivation to focus on these charities and causes that perhaps need additional exposure, help with public relations, copywriting for promotional material and may not have the resources to bring in specialist communication support.

All work I undertake is voluntary and no payment is received.

(image: charityspring)

(image: charityspring)

Past pro-bono work

  • Special Olympics football
  • Women’s cancer charities
  • Environmental causes (beach clean-ups)
  • Educational (fundraising for schools)

What can I help with

  • Research & strategy about local events so you can target your promotion
  • Press releases for events
  • Copywriting for marketing material and article writing
  • Social media promotion
  • Assistance with quotes or interviews, and advice about visual aspects to include – video for your websites, photographs and audio

Who can I help

If you are a local business, organisation or person fundraising for a charity in the French Riviera region please contact me via the form below.

My schedule allows for one pro-bono charity or cause per fortnight, so if you have an upcoming project please let me know and I will try to fit you in 

Thank you

Rebecca @ Access Riviera