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Sian Woodland

Help the families of the fallen

We are raising money in memory of all our fallen for Forces Support Charity because we want to help the families left behind.

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Forces Support Charity

We provide practical support, maintenance to bereaved military families

Charity Registration No. 1157531

Story

My Fiancé was killed in October of 2012 during a special forces boating accident whilst serving with the SBS. He was a Royal Marine for 9 years and has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and peace kept in Sierra Leon amongst various training exercise' to better his skills and his career.

We have Coffee mornings, Sky Dives, 'Yomps', treks, mountain climbing, Auctions, Marathons, Half marathons and lots more.. if you feel would like to get involved please email me at sian.woodland@forcessupport.co.uk

Please take the time to read a small message to Paul and also read about our charity.

Dear Paul

"To your friends you were a legend, to your colleagues a leader, to our families one of a kind but to me you were my hero.  

Words are not enough and tears only show half the pain I feel, because the day I lost you, I lost my best-friend.   

When  we were together we were always planning our future and it looked so bright & full of joy, now I find it hard to see past each day. I know Time will never mend the break in my heart but I take comfort in  knowing that you loved me till your dying day, & I will honour you by doing the same.

Paul, it breaks my heart that I never got to say I do...but I do, I did and forever will cherish you as long as I shall live.   

Your job was your passion and you made everyone proud by with what you achieved. When you were away I had to wait for you days, weeks and sometimes even months. And my last wish now... Is that you wait for me."

The charity i am raising money for is Forces Support - Forces Support are a relatively new charity but the only one providing hands on practical support by way of gardening, decorating and general maintenance throughout the home and gardens of bereaved military families.

The work we do provides play areas for children, recreational family areas in the garden, memorial areas and decorating throughout the home. We create new gardens which provide families with 1,000’s of hour a year in recreational time, and child play areas which do the same. We provide memorial Arbours with a plaque with some special words from the family which provide somewhere for the family to sit and reflect or remember their lost loved one. We do the work the lost family member would have done for his or her family but in the main we do the work the family have neglected due to suffering and not coping with their grief.

Although relatively new we have featured on TV news channels 5 times this year, including BBC Breakfast very recently, we were one of only fifty military charities invited to the first ever Armed Forces charity reception at 10 Downing Street at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron last year with there being 2,065 military charities in the UK and we won a special merit award at the Great British entrepreneur of the year awards last year.

All this said we find it very difficult to find funding as this type of support is new to the bereavement sector.

We have 54 families waiting for support, 33 families who had a loved one killed in action and would like to be able to afford to put another national support team on the road to cut waiting times in half. They are around 7 months at present.

Last year alone we have already supported 35 bereaved military families, including the family of Lee Rigby, the family of the youngest girl to be killed in Iraq Eleanor Dlugosz, aged just 19 and we have attended the home of the family of L/Cpl James Ashworth VC in November to create a garden and memorial area. James was one of only two people to receive the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan. Coincidentally we have a group of soldiers based in Hereford who set up a rugby team for us called the Forces Support Exiles and James’s brother plays for them along with several national players.

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