Since inception in 2005, Wings & Wheels has actively supported over 100 local and national charities in their fundraising efforts.
Wings & Wheels nominates two principle charities on which to focus its support and assistance with fundraising efforts. In 2018 these two charities continue to be Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes, which the Event has supported for over 10 years. The Event also extends its support to other registered charities, schools and fundraising entities through cross-promotional initiatives and/or discounted offerings.
With between 25,000 and 40,000 visitors over the weekend, the Event offers a unique promotional platform for charities and provides free and discounted trade pitches as well as auction and raffle prizes ranging from standard entry tickets to VIP packages. With over 200 people needed to support Wings & Wheels over the weekend, local charities are also invited to provide teams of volunteers to assist in tasks such as program selling, in order to assist with their fundraising efforts.
Brooklands Museum Trust has been actively involved in Wings & Wheels since 2005. Brooklands Museum Trust operates Brooklands Museum in Weybridge on the site of the world's first purpose-built motor circuit, which operated from 1907 to 1939, and of the Brooklands flying ground and aircraft factories where aircraft were built and operated from 1908 to 1988. Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd is an independent private-sector charity. For more information visit: www.brooklandsmuseum.com (Registered Charity No: 296661).
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a visit to the Military Ward at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. The first task was to raise £8.5m for a swimming pool complex at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court in Surrey.
However, due to legal restrictions, it wasn’t possible to channel the money raised through existing Military charities for this urgently needed new facility. Bryn and Emma had no choice but to set up a brand new Charity to meet this urgent need. As a result, Help for Heroes was launched on 1 October 2007. Help for Heroes believes that any Serviceman or woman who suffers life-changing injuries in the line of duty deserves the very best support for life.
The Charity’s focus is on providing support direct to individuals and their families, and to provide facilities to enhance recovery. They do this in the following ways:
• Immediate financial support through the £6m Quick Reaction Fund.
• Opportunities and training, through grants for courses or access to specialist equipment for the transition into civilian life through Individual Recovery Plans.
• Essential, comprehensive support, from mental wellbeing to education, employment and financial advice for serving personnel, veterans and their families at our four nationwide Recovery Centres.
• Funding to other specialist charities: e.g. Blind Veteran’s UK, Combat Stress, Haig Housing Trust, Horseback UK, Winston’s Wish and Canine Partners.
• Sports Recovery: Adaptive Sports and Adventure Training to help wounded, injured and sick Service personnel gain independence and confidence through funding initiatives such as the Armed Forces Battle Back programme, of which Help for Heroes is a Founder Partner and a partnership with the British Paralympic Association.
• A lifelong support network for the wounded, injured, sick through the Band of Brothers and their families and loved ones through the Band of Sisters. These groups receive offers ranging from holidays to employment, financial and social support.
Help for Heroes mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families which will inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.
The war in Afghanistan may be nearly over, but for those who have suffered life-changing injuries, their battles will continue. Help for Heroes will not let them fight these battles alone.
For more information visit: www.helpforheroes.org.uk Help for Heroes is a charity registered in England and Wales (1120920) and Scotland (SC044984).