The Skiing with Heroes/Helping Wounded Veterans Business Challenge 2017

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Another year, another inspiring trip with Supporting Wounded Veterans

Wow, what a fantastic charity this is…

This January, Habitat First Group attended the Skiing with Heroes Business Challenge with a host of veterans, volunteers, ski buddies and representatives from some of the most prestigious businesses in Britain and the US, including Vodafone, Blackrock, M&G Investments and many more.

The aim of the trip was simple; raise as much money as humanly possible for these brave men and women who have sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the freedom and liberty that we do today, and I’m very pleased to say that we did just that!

Habitat First Group raised nearly £15,000 over the course of the week and our auction prize of a long weekend stay in one of our best four-bed homes, complete with spa treatments and a private chef, was the best performing prize on the night. All-in-all, a very successful trip.

The most wonderful thing (among many other wonderful things) about this charity is that you can really see the life changing difference that every penny makes to its beneficiaries. This time last year we met an ex-soldier who suffered a debilitating brain injury that badly affected his memory and his speech; 12 months ago he was a timid, shy and unassuming fellow, but just a year later he stood up and delivered an eloquent and heart-warming speech to a crowded room of over 100 people about his journey towards starting his own business with the help of Skiing with Heroes – what a transformation!

Another beneficiary, Andy Grant, who is an ex-marine that lost his leg to an IED explosion while on active duty, spoke of his journey from battling for his life in Helmand Province to becoming the fastest amputee in the world over 10km and winning two gold medals at the Invictus Games.

We reconnected with another soldier with whom we spent a lot of time with last year, Ricky Huntley, who with support from the charity has set up a successful drone flight and safety company in Dorset that trades all over the world.

The list of success stories goes on and on and on but the salient point of this article is to show that this charity is so much more than the fun-filled ski trips that it is famous for. One of the soldiers, who suffered from life altering PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) but still managed to stand up and give a speech to a jam-packed room of people summarized it perfectly when he said, “This charity just does what it says it is going to do, end of.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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