Why We Did

The Welsh Warrior Richard Hunt Foundation was set up to remember and honour the 200th soldier to die in Afghanistan in 2009.

The Royal Welsh
Formed on St Davids Day 2006 from The Royal Welch Fusiliers (one of the oldest regiments in the regular army founded in 1689), The Royal Regiment of Wales and The Royal Welsh Regiment (TA), which contains The Regimental Band & Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh who are the last surviving all Brass band left within the British Army.
The Royal Welsh consist of 3 batallions of Infantry and Armoured Infantry, with Warrior Armoured Vehicles, which can weigh 25 tonnes when fully loaded packing a punch with a Mk 44 30 mm cannon.
From this has come the nick-name of the 2nd Battalion - the Welsh Warriors, it seemed like a natural choice for the charity

Pte. Richard Hunt of  ‘A’ Company 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh
 died a week before his 22nd birthday after he was involved in two IED explosions in 24hrs whilst on convoy patrol.  In the first explosion only the Warrior Armoured vehicle he was driving was damaged but the second IED was a much larger blast and he was very seriously injured.  He was repatriated, but died six hours after arriving at Selly Oak Hospital. It was here that his family saw for themselves the large numbers of seriously injured soldiers missing from the media radar that
the general public knew nothing about. 
They decided that they had to do something to try to make a difference to the lives of those ‘survivors’ and continue Richard’s pledge to be there for others when they needed help.

  • For every soldier who is sadly lost there are 5 that are seriously injured
  • In a year of the rolling 16,000 who serve on the front line about 25% will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) NOT the 4% the government insist upon
  •  More soldiers committed suicide after the Falklands War than actually died in it -  an appalling truth!
  • Up to 30% of those leaving the Armed Forces do not get the retraining, information or help in readjusting to civilian life.
  • It takes 6 months to train to be a soldier but just 6 hours to be a civilian again
  • 10% of the prison population are ex-military, many of whom suffer from PTSD

We aim to Help Assist and Support

  • To raise money for injured Welsh troops and their families so that we can help by giving grants to provide equipment , mobility aid, household disability adaptations, travel for continuous medical treatment ,  stress disorder counselling and relief after discharge from the Armed Forces.
  • To raise awareness of the Physical and Psychological injuries suffered by service men and women and their families.
  • To put pressure on Politicians to keep their promises .To educate them and the public about the real conditions of service men and women and their families.
  • To ensure the fallen and the injured are not forgotten.  And that respect and care are given to those who have served our country – no matter what generation.

Richard’s Pledge – to be there for others when they need help

In 2010 we were able to start helping the veterans

one of the first was a severely injured soldier to whom we gave a cheque for £1,000 to go towards helping him to resettle at home, adaptions etc

The second veteran was a severely injured welsh Royal Marine to whom we gave £3,000 to help purchase a specially adapted Cross Trainer with a harness to allow him to stand upright whilst exercising his parlysed limbs

In 2011 we were able to send two veterans to PTSD courses both here at home and one abroad where he has to live due to family circumstances, a total cost of £1,500

We also helped a further two veterans in 2011, one with travel problems and another who needed a cooker so that he could give his family the Christmas Dinner they deserved- something so simple can make a huge difference! A total cost of £1,500

 

We started 2012 by helping along side other well known charities with the cost of an old soldier's funeral, we donated £500.

A further veteran was helped with travel problems  and another was helped with Marathon Training as prescibed to help with his PTSD, this added upto another £1,100 in total.

We ended 2012 by helping another veteran with some timely finacial advice, a problem that is coming into its own in present circumstances!

During the last 3yrs we have also unfortunately given out 14 Bereavement Cheques to families who have lost a loved one in the present conflict.  This money can be put to a variety of uses, from paying immediate bills, putting into children's savings for their future, to being used for special Memorials to honour the loved one who has been lost. These cheques are for £500 each.

We have also been very active in liasing with some of the larger charities on cases where we knew they had more resources and more experience, these links are invaluable if the care of the veterans is to suceed and continue to suceed.

We have also been fighting for the rights and proper treaments to be available for our veterans with a written and oral report to the Welsh Affairs Committee, which we hope they will act upon, inevitably it comes down to money, but we live in hope and will not give up, it is too important.

 

News
the things we got up to or others did for us.

08/12/2014
Team from General Dynamics complete the Pen – Y –Fan walk

13/11/2014
An Evening of Festive Songs

Caldicot Castle on the 8th November

30/09/2014
Remembering Them: A memorial concert to remember • Date: Saturday 8 November 2014 (evening before remembrance Sunday) • Venue: Caldicot Castle • Starts: 18:30 • Ticket price: £20 (includes entry, champagne arrival and hog roast) • Tickets available from: Caldicot Leisure Centre, Caldicot Library and the Castle Inn or online at www.rememberingthem.co.uk

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