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Rifleman Jake Bartlett p6

Celebrating Achievement Through Adversity www.careforcasualties.org.uk Issue 1 Summer 2012

Rifleman Dan Shaw p8

Fundraising stories p4 & 5

Over

ÂŁ2m raised so far!

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ABOUT THE APPEAL

Welcome The Rifles’ Care for Casualties Appeal has been up and running for just over two years and the response has been extraordinary. Funds raised have exceeded £2,000,000 and members of the regimental family have come together from the past and present to achieve this incredible sum.

Some of our fundraising achievements. More stories can be found on pages 4 and 5. Team Green, comprised of friends and family of Cpl Richard Green have been consistently fund raising for Care for Casualties.

The Milton Keynes half-marathon. Both Jackie Kellett, mother of a Rifleman serving in Afghanistan at the time, and Captain Bill Holland who is himself serving and likes to run with a fridge strapped to his back, took part.

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thers with no formal connection with The Rifles have been incredibly supportive, having been inspired by the stories they have heard. Thanks to this we are now able to make a real difference to the quality of life of those members of our Regimental family who have sacrificed so much. The Appeal has been set up with the intention of ensuring that we, as a Regiment, can support our casualties from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with the care they need both now and for the rest of their lives, whenever they should need it. The term “casualty” embraces the wounded, their families and the families of our Fallen. It relies on the generosity and thought of all of our regimental family. We at Regimental Headquarters and in the Battalions do all we can to help, but if you know of someone who is feeling forgotten or is in need, please let our Regimental Casualty Officer, Lt Col (retd) Mike Smith (rco@the-rifles.co.uk) know. With over 60 Killed in Action and more than 30 who have lost limbs, and a further 300 having suffered from other serious injury, immediate needs are very obvious. However, the intention of C4C is to ensure that we will have the funds available to assist with the enduring needs of our casualties. Our wounded are generally between the ages of 18 and 26 at the time of injury and therefore have many years of life ahead of them. They need to know that there is support available at every stage and whilst a huge amount of money has been raised, we are currently spending it at a rate of over £100,000 per year. Much more is needed if we are to achieve our goal of knowing that we will be able to honour our enduring commitment to all members of our regimental family who have been affected by the service The Rifles have given in Iraq and Afghanistan. This first edition of The Care for Casualties Newsletter is a celebration of achievement through adversity. It tells the stories of some of our casualties and of our fundraising. Swift and Bold truly has been the theme of the first two years of this appeal. Thank you all!

Rebecca Maciejewska Fundraising Coordinator

3 Rifles at the Marine Corps marathon. This was the second year that 3 Rifles crossed the Atlantic to take part and the team consisted of able bodied Riflemen as well as those who had been seriously injured whilst serving on Operations.

Our Supporters The Rifles have been supported by many other charities and organisations, some of whom are mentioned below. We are grateful to all these organisations and individuals who assist us in caring for our casualties. If we have forgotten to mention you, please give us a kick and we will be pleased to acknowledge you in the next edition.

Lt Col (retd) Mike Smith MBE Regimental Casualty Officer

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Achievement through adversity

COVER STORY

Skiing in Colorado with BLESMA and the Wounded Warrior Programme.

Stephan and Sadie van Niekerk

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n October 22nd 2009 Lance Corporal Stephan Van Niekerk’s life was changed forever when he stood on an IED during an Operation in the Sangin area of Helmand Province, Afghanistan whilst serving with A Company, 3 Rifles. His injuries which included the loss of one leg above the knee and the other below the knee, the loss of one side of his right hand and the partial loss of four fingers were immediately life threatening and if that was not enough he contracted severe pneumonia between the point of injury and arriving at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. However Stephan is a resilient young man and supported by his wife Sadie he has made an incredible recovery and is now preparing

for life outside the Army. Care for Casualties has helped fund the purchase of a quad bike which has given him considerable independence, allowing him to walk his dogs and help Sadie look after her two horses. In addition charitable funding from C4C and SportTech PLC enabled Stephan and a number of other severely injured Riflemen to travel to Breckenridge, Colorado to ski with wounded US veterans from their Wounded Warrior Programme.

However both Stephan and Sadie would acknowledge that life has not been easy with Sadie having to cope with both an injured husband and a baby, adaptations to their house and the uncertainty of what the future might hold. Sadie, who is training to become a Nurse, spoke eloquently at the ABF – The Soldier’s Charity welfare conference on the impact

Stephan’s injuries was having on her career and life in general. However helped by funds from C4C Sadie was able to take a short respite break in London and this Summer will graduate as a fully qualified Nurse. In addition she has become a prolific fund raiser organising a charity horse ride as well as arranging for collecting tins to be left in local shops.

More stories of courage

A special thank you:

Care for Casualties derives enormous support from our bereaved families some of whom are our most successful fund raisers. In return C4C has funded counselling for parents and siblings, provided respite holidays for families and organised transport to commemorative events.

Rifleman Sam Parker 4 Rifles takes the helm A number of our injured Riflemen have enjoyed sailing with the Jubilee Sailing Trust on their fully accessible tall ships and we are currently looking for volunteers to join the Lord Nelson on its round the world voyage next year.

Row to Recovery

Birthday Surprise

Lt Will Dixon and Rfn Carl Anstey achieved the impossible! With two other seriously wounded and two able bodied soldiers they rowed the Atlantic with the charity Row to Recovery as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Despite running out of drinking water and damaging their rudder the team kept going and crossed from the Azores to Barbados in an incredible 51 days.

Rfn Dean Williams 2 Rifles celebrated his 21st Birthday at Tedworth House, the newly Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centre, with a visit from the Band and Bugles. They played an impromptu concert in front of the house and Dean was presented with a birthday cake made by the chefs from Blue Apple. Dean is currently attending a course at Lackham College funded by Care for Casualties. www.careforcasualties.org.uk | 3

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fundraising stories

Riflemen have volunteered, risking their lives on behalf of others; we need to do all we can to support them and show our appreciation for their courage and sacrifice.

Becca Maciejewska, our Fundraising Coordinator writes:

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he scope and number of fundraising activities undertaken over the past 2 years has been quite unbelievable. Together we have raised over £2 million but Care for

Casualties has done more than that. It has brought people together from across the spectrum in the name of The Rifles and in support of our wonderfully courageous casualties. Veterans, Regimental Associations from all our antecedent Regiments, families of our Fallen, sons and daughters, wives, mothers, fathers and friends have all played their part, as have our wider communities, the Mayors and Mayoresses, Boroughs, Cities and Counties, ACFs and CCFs and also some incredibly kind hearted people who have no connection at all with The Rifles other than that they have heard our story and want to do all they can to help. Thank you all! Spread across these two pages are some photos illustrating the range and diversity of fundraising activities. They just give an idea of what has been going on. We must keep at it! The need remains and so we need to keep going!

£2m raised – half way to our target of £4m. Thank you.

Veterans serve Riflemen of Today

Phil Wardle, an ex-Gloster, at Everest Base Camp.

Bob McHenry, who served with The 60th Rifles, can be seen fundraising in and around Colchester most weekends.

Guy Harris, former Green Jacket competed in the Dutch Powerman.

Coco, Sjt Paul Cocoran, veteran Light Infantryman, has done many crazy things in support of Care for Casualties; extreme ironing in a Sea King helicopter, walking Hadrian’s Wall with a sink on his back and carrying an ironIng board as he walked across Britain from coast to coast in his pyjamas.

Raised £42,000 Sid Keyte, ex-Rifles, impersonates Susan Boyle.

The Devon and Dorset Association and local cadets joined forces to make the open day at Highwood Gardens a huge success.

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MARCH

fundraising stories

Some of the events taking place around the country. See our website for more...

It’s not just the Riflemen who serve, it’s their families too and we owe it to them to look after them all. The Rifles are not only looking after our bereaved families, we are being cared for by them as well. These are remarkable people whose generosity of spirit is to be celebrated. Ever since the appeal began, family members of those heroic Riflemen who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq have been in touch, offering their support and fundraising to help the friends of their son, brother, husband, father.

Raised £90,000

Race Across America This photo shows Team Swift and Bold, made up of friends and family of Josh Bowman. See our website for more information about their incredible “Race Across America”.

5th August Charity football match in memory of Cpl Mark Palin 18th August Lanzarote Fun Day for Heroes 2012 1st September Herefordshire Gala Evening and Sounding Retreat

The Aitch Group. Bob and Deb Simpson, parents of Rfn Dan Simpson, have made and sold Christmas wreaths.

16th September Great North Run Emma Humphreys will be supporting Care for Casualties again as she takes part in The Great North Run. Please support her in this tough endeavour: http://www.justgiving. com/Emma-Humphreys0 13th October The second Aitch Group Charity Ball in aid of Care for Casualties and Warrior programme

Rifles’ mums’ challenge.

We have had generous support from many Masonic Lodges.

A Charity Ball organised by the mums of injured Riflemen.

Also... Chepstow Race Day.

For more information about these and other stories...

Anna Rainbow in the South Downs Relay.

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Our Christmas Cards will be avaialble from October. Our website will announce the details.

Please visit: www.careforcasualties.org.uk or email us on c4c@the-rifles.co.uk

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how we spend the money The Regimental Casualty Officer, Lt Col (Retd) Mike Smith writes:

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he money raised by the Care for Casualties appeal allows the Regiment to provide immediate support to its wounded, their

families and the families of our fallen Riflemen. Each year we are spending almost ÂŁ120,000 on education courses, car and house adaptations, fitness equipment including hand bikes and gym equipment and funeral expenses not covered by the MOD. We

have paid for bereavement and marriage guidance counselling, mental health courses, respite holidays and travel expenses often working in tandem with other Service charities. A major part of what we do is to fund adventure training opportunities provided by charities such as the Jubilee Sailing Trust and BLESMA which play a very important part in the rehabilitation process. The list is endless but our aim is react to a

LCpl Tyler Christopher faces the camera.

need as quickly as possible with the minimum of bureaucracy.

Thanks to the generosity of Donald Bousted and his team at BestBitsMedia Ltd a series of videos were made explaining the work of Care for Casualties through the eyes of some of our bereaved parents and injured Riflemen. Edward Watson, himself a former Riflemen, was responsible for realising the project and directing the videos which can be viewed on our web site www.careforcasualties.org.

Rifleman Paul Jacobs who was awarded the George Medal whilst serving with 2 Rifles has undertaken a number of challenges on behalf of C4C and other Service charities. Paul who was blinded has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and here is preparing to cycle with his brother Joe on the back of a tandem from Edinburgh to London for SSAFA. He was accompanied by Rifleman Michael Swain from 3 Rifles on bicycles funded by Care for Casualties.

C4C funded an adapted bike for Lucy whose father was killed on operations in Afghanistan whilst serving with 1 Rifles. Lucy suffers from

David Hart from 6 Rifles

Cerebral Palsy and

was injured whilst serving on

so C4C stepped in to help and also funded

Rifleman Jake Bartlett

swimming and riding

has not only learnt to ski since

lessons which had been

he lost a leg serving with 3 Rifles but

recommended by her

also went skydiving with the charity

therapist.

Pilgrim’s Bandits in Dubai.

operations in Iraq. C4C has funded David through his Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Exeter University from where he will graduate this July. We wish him every success in his new career as a teacher.

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how we spend the money Rifleman Chris Parkes has not let serious injury deter him from pushing himself to the limit. Chris from 3 Rifles lost a leg whilst serving in Afghanistan but recently joined an expedition to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and has also learnt to ski and completed a tandem parachute jump.

Rifleman Chris Gwilt stands on the side of Mt Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world as he prepared to support the charity Walking with the Wounded in their bid to climb Mt Everest. Chris was a Territorial Army Rifleman who was badly injured on operations and C4C has helped fund education courses for him in preparation for life outside the Army.

“The Care for Casualties pack was great, everything in the bag was useful, especially the clothing and sportswear. The pack was not only valuable for helping me through my time in the hospital but also essential for Headley Court and for promoting the Regiment throughout my recovery�.

David Timms was badly injured when the Band of the 1st Battalion The Royal Green Jackets was blown up in Regents Park on 20th July 1982 killing 7 of its

Sjt Mark Holloway

members. 30 years after the event

of 5 Rifles who suffered

Care for Casualties has helped David

severe injury to his right arm is

purchase a new motability vehicle.

pictured getting back to full fitness on a bike funded by the charity Just Rifles. C4C has helped fund Mark on a Military Mentors course run by SkillForce which is part of his Individual Recovery Plan after which he will rejoin his Battalion.

L to R, LCpl Ricky

Former Rfn, Billy Hughes,

Hatton, Rifleman

cycled 762 miles in 7 days, visiting

Alex Swinhoe and

along the way Lcpl Martin Edwards,

Rifleman Matt Fisher

a casualty from Iraq, who is resident in the

recovering from their injuries

Daniel Yorath Brain Rehabilitation Centre in

at the Defence Medical

Leeds. Martin recently enjoyed a two day

Rehabilitation Centre,

respite break with his carers funded by

Headley Court.

C4C, his first holiday in over four years.

They are wearing items from

Billy started his ride in Poole going north

the welfare packs which are

as far as Carlisle, then via Newcastle,

given to all our injured Rifleman

ending his journey at Peninsula Barracks,

on their return to the UK.

Winchester. Here pictured at the Keep, Dorchester.

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rifles casualty capability

Photo by kind permission of The Royal British Legion

Rifleman Dan Shaw takes to the West End stage

Rifleman Dan Shaw (front centre) and the cast of The Two Worlds of Charlie F

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ifleman Dan Shaw was seriously wounded whilst serving with 4 Rifles in Afghanistan in 2009 losing both legs and therefore the idea that two years later he would appear on stage in the West End was inconceivable. However thanks to an innovative theatre project supported by such luminaries as Sir Trevor Nunn and Ray Winstone the Bravo 22 Company put on a play entitled The Two Worlds of Charlie F at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the heart of London’s theatre land in which Dan had a leading role. The play was written by Owen Sheers who spent months interviewing wounded Servicemen and Women whilst they were going through their rehabilitation and tells their story as they recover from their physical and psychological wounds. The play was put together by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust in partnership with the Royal British Legion and the Army Recovery Capability and such were the rave reviews that the play is going on tour around the country, and will feature in the Edinburgh Festival.

Mr Ray Winstone and Rifleman Dan Shaw Photo by kind permission of Helen Murray

how to support us Send a cheque Make it payable to: “The Rifles Regimental Trust (Care For Casualties)”. Visit our website to download and complete a Gift Aid Form so we can recover the taxable element.

Photo by kind permission of The Royal British Legion

keep in touch MARCH

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Follow us on Twitter MARCH

Set up a Standing Order Visit our website to download a form. By Fundraising Organise your own challenge. e.g. a bike ride, a skydive or participate in an event, such as The London Marathon, and get sponsorship. Hold an Event Become a Promoter. Become a Corporate Sponsor If you run a company and would like to explore how you can support the work of The Rifles Charities please contact us at c4c@the-rifles.co.uk Offers of Support in Kind Holidays, accommodation, work experience and training. If you or your organisation can offer facilities and opportunities which will help the rehabilitation of our wounded please contact us at rco@the-rifles.co.uk

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Join our Facebook And for all the most up-to-date news on our fundraising activities, please visit: www.careforcasualties.org.uk Care for Casualties RHQ The Rifles Peninsula Barracks Romsey Road Winchester SO23 8TS 01962 828503 c4c@the-rifles.co.uk Registered Charity No. 1119061

Donate something we can sell by Auction If you have something of value be it an item, an experience, tickets, or something money can’t normally buy, we would love to hear from you. Care for Casualties is printed by The Greentree Press on Evolution 100 Silk, made from FSC certified 100% recycled post consumer waste. Design: www.nexus-design.co.uk. 8 | www.careforcasualties.org.uk

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