Update: I’ve had an email from Daniel’s mother Debbie telling me that tickets to this event are now completely sold out and so far £92,000 has been raised in Daniel’s name for the Help for Heroes Charity. An awesome achievement but let’s not stop it there. If you can offer anything to be auctioned or would like to contribute (however small) just drop me a line. Thanks
In December of last year I spend some time with some of the bravest and heroic people I have ever had the privilege and honour to meet. I was at Heathrow Airport at the time and met up with a group of 10 soldiers that had returned from active service out in Afghanistan and were flying onwards to family and friends. Each and everyone of them had suffered horrific injuries and indeed it was an absolute miracle that any of them was still alive. I’ll be honest with you and say that I really struggled to fight back the tears when one young guy in particular relayed the story of what had happened to him; I wanted to be strong but clearly the effect of hearing his story showed in my eyes but then he asked me if I was ok…I mean, here’s a 19 year old young man infront of me, wheel chair bound having lost a leg, severely damaged right arm and shoulder and loss of sight in one eye asking me if I’m ok…remembering this still leaves me speechless. However, as they put it, they are the lucky ones because they’re still alive as we know all too well from what seems like daily news reports, soldiers are losing their lives out there.
The reason for this post is to tell you that this week I received a letter from a woman…a mother of a soldier who had served and died on active service out in Afghanistan. Wendy Ellis Stafford is organising a Charity Ball in Support of Help for Heroes to be held on the 10th July 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow, UK which happens to be the anniversary of her son Daniel’s passing. Amongst other fund raising activities on the night an auction is to be held where all the winning bids will also go to the Charity. As a photographer I’ve donated a Photo Shoot to the auction where the highest bidder will join me for a Location Portrait Shoot and also get a framed picture of their choice.
By writing this post I guess I’m really asking ‘is there anything you could offer to the auction?’ Hair stylists, makeup artists, owners of hotels and so on…would any of the people you know be prepared to offer something to be auctioned?
It would be incredible if we could all help raise a significant amount of money for the Help for Heroes Charity so thanks for reading this and as my late Grandad Fred used to say…”If you don’t ask, you don’t get”