Help for Heroes – Never Say Never

Help for Heroes – Never Say Never

By Taylor Ferguson

Injuries have ended almost 40,000 Military careers in the last 20 years. Every day this number grows.

Some are living with injuries so severe they are entirely dependent on round-theclock care. Many were told they would never walk again, never talk again and never live independently again. With the right support, they can defy the odds. #NeverSayNever

Simon’s story

“They wrote my obituary and pinned it to me for the flight to Birmingham, because they didn’t think I would still be alive when I got there.”

In 2008, Simon’s vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. 

The former Army Corporal suffered a broken jaw, shattered pelvis, collapsed lungs and broken back and was in a coma for 44 days. It was thought his brain injuries were so severe that he would remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life.

Simon was completely dependent on 24-hour care and support, much of which was provided by his family.

But now, thanks to Help for Heroes, Simon has ongoing speech and language therapy, and is also learning to walk again.

In 2017, Help for Heroes was awarded a three-year grant of £1.5 million, funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, to directly improve the quality of life of very seriously injured (VSI) Veterans, like Simon, and their families.