“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston S. Churchill
I love life, and I treasure all of the experiences in my life; of all things that life has taught me, the greatest of which is to give. It costs nothing to give a smile to another, to send them a thought. It costs nothing, save your presence of mind at that moment to give these things. Then there are the tiny acts of kindness, taking a small gift, even a flower to someone when you visit, opening a door, or waving at an excited child from the train window. There are times where we may give something else; we may give some of our time to help another, or share our knowledge or expertise for the benefit of others. And then there are times where we’d like to do more, and due to a variety of reasons such as life commitments, work, et cetera we find ourselves unable. It’s in these times that we may financially donate to a cause close to our hearts.
I have some charities close to my heart, and if you would care to donate, be it with some of your time or indeed financially, that would be a terrific help for someone in need.
Finally, I would ask for you to find it in your heart to help any of these worthwhile causes in any way that you can.
Here are my causes for giving:
BLIND VETERANS UK
As an ex-serviceman having served in the Royal Marines and the Royal Military Police, I am also a member of Blind Veterans UK. I fully support this charity that is there to support those who have served but are themselves now in need.
Indeed, I support all of our serving members of the armed forces as well veterans and their families.
The Royal Marines Charity
The Royal Marines Charity exists to provide the best possible through life charitable support for Royal Marines, their families, veterans and cadets
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes supports those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. No matter when someone served, we give them the support they need to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives. Our specialist team focuses on the five key areas of an individual’s life: medical, mind, body, spirit and family. We provide support to the whole family to help them all cope with the challenges they face. Long-term recovery is more than repairing damaged bodies and minds; it’s about rebuilding lives.
BLESMA – Enabling limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
I also actively support those who provide us with our emergency services be it on the frontline or otherwise.
The Blue Lamp Foundation –
The Blue Lamp provides real support to any Ambulance, Police or Fire personnel who are injured in the course of duty.
PTSD999 Is a completely new and independent charity funded by private donations. It’s unique in the way it will provide support; the majority of its trustees, administrators and most importantly doctors and counselling staff have served in the Emergency Services and/or Military and suffered PTSD, or have close ties with someone who has. This enables them to understand exactly the unique un-written bond that ties us all together.
Their remit is simply to provide you with help, advice and confidential treatment, provided by people who have done the job you do.