Stobart supports Help for Heroes at this yearís Rally GB
The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team have showcased their support for Help for Heroes at the final round of this yearís FIA World Rally Championship, Rally GB, in Wales this week. Help for Heroes stickers are proudly carried on British star Matthew Wilsonís Ford Focus RS WRC car to help garner support for the charity which aims to rehabilitate the injured heroes of Britainís armed forces.

This yearís link-up between the Stobart team and Help for Heroes follows a tradition of service to the forces; the iconic British brand Eddie Stobart has been supplying foodstuffs and other goods to British NAAFI army bases in Germany since 1998.

Celebrating its second anniversary this month, Help for Heroes has already managed to raise £30 million; breaking all the records for fund-raising by a start-up charity. Patrons of the charity include General Sir Richard Dannatt, Jeremy Clarkson, and Andy McNab.

The charity currently aims to create a series of Army Recovery Centres throughout the UK to serve as the last stage of rehabilitation for injured servicemen and women. One such centre already exists in Edinburgh and further centres are planned around the country. A major construction project is already underway at Headley Court to build a superb new complex complete with swimming pool, gym and research centre.

Today Corporal Anthony Lock, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan earlier this year before undergoing rehabilitation at Headley Court, attended the Stobart service area while David Gatward, a former Captain in the Army Intelligence Corps and active supporter of Help for Heroes, collected donations from rally fans with his wife and met with WRC star Wilson.

Gatward, who served throughout the world for 25 years said: ďThe Service Rehabilitation Centres are extremely important; for servicemen itís not only a case of getting back to active duty but also of getting back to living and having a good life. What most people donít realise is that itís not just physical but mental wellbeing thatís at stake.

ďStobart have been fantastic and Matthew Wilson was a real gentleman; without organisations like Stobart doing this, where are our service personnel supposed to turn? Theyíve been more than friendly everywhere we go and itís an emotional thanks, also the fans here at the rally have been really generous.Ē

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