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The Bridge for Heroes

52a South Clough Lane
Kings Lynn
Tel: 0845 2668837
01553 760230
www.thebridgeforheroes.org

In June 2011, King’s Lynn became home to the first contact centre for The Bridge for Heroes. The idea was to have a walk in facility on the high street offering support and advice for service personnel, veterans and their families. The motto of the charity is Wounds are not always visible. This focuses on the fact that a lot of people are suffering, but not from any obvious injury. The founder of the charity is Mr Mike Taylor, himself a veteran of many conflicts.

Personnel from all forces can walk in for a tea or coffee; they will find the facility is there for them to sit and have a chat with our volunteers. We can provide advice on a vast range of services including war pensions or helping signpost them to other agencies. The help can vary from simply helping a veteran to fill in a form or chatting to a family who are dealing with a loved one being away on active duty.

The contact centre also has a military education display, including military uniforms, medals and a collection of conflict memorabilia ranging from World War 1 to the present day. And a charity shop, selling books, DVDs and Cds, both of which are open to the public. The donations received from visitors who purchase goods goes towards enabling us to fund the project. The running cost of the centre is between £25- £30 per day which is why we fundraise constantly and we always appreciate any financial help.
One of our volunteers is a member of the Royal Anglian regiment. He was severely wounded while on duty in Afghanistan and is currently undergoing rehabilitation at Hedley Court. Other people who help out have various reasons behind why they volunteer and the charity is always looking for more people who can spare a few hours. We are also looking for professional people who can spare 2-3 hours a month to sit as a trustee on our board, or to take on the position of company secretary. One of the newest subjects that has arisen is the problems faced by long serving personnel having to integrate back into civilian life after many years of a strictly organized regime, due to redundancies.

The future of the centre is bright and over the next few months we are running activity afternoons for our beneficiaries. There is now the provision for school visits enabling children studying History of Conflict to see the military area and speak to people who were involved.

For any information the staff can be contacted on 01553 760230 or contact@thebridgeforheroes.org  The centre is open Tuesday- Saturday 10.00-16.00.

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