2010
08.02

Rob Dennis is planning an ascent of the highest peak in North Africa in order to raise funds for Help for Heroes, one of the leading charities helping soldiers today (and one of Andy McNab’s favorite charities as well, for good reason). Let’s hear it in Robert Dennis’ own words:
Mount-Toubkal-Rob-Dennis“My name is Robert Dennis. I am 24 years old. My friend Kurt and I are organising an expedition up Mount Toubkal in August/September 2010 to raise money for Help For Heroes. Mount Toubkal is a peak which stands within the Atlas Mountain Range in south-western Morocco. At 4167 metres, it is the highest peak in North Africa. To add to the challenge, we are expecting temperatures in excess of 40’C at this time of the year.

The reason we are raising money for Help For Heroes is because we believe in supporting the brave soldiers who have risked all for their country – most of all those that were not fortunate enough to return home in good health. Help for Heroes was launched in October 2007 in response to the desire of ordinary people to do something practical to help our wounded servicemen and women get the best help, support and futures that they deserve. If you want to help us to help them, please sponsor us on our Mount Toubkal 2010 challenge.

Please visit our online fundraising page www.justgiving.com/mounttoubkal2010 where you can read more about our expedition and make a secure online donation. As we get closer to the event, we will be updating it with news and photos on how our training and preparation is going. There will also be a blog and photos telling everyone how we did on the expedition itself after the event.

You can support Team Toubkal 2010 and Help For Heroes further by posting our link www.justgiving.com/mounttoubkal2010 on your facebook, bebo, twitter or any other networking site. Below is a paragraph you can add in your blog or post on your wall:

In August this year, a team of 8 people are going on an expedition up Mount Toubkal to raise money for the charity HELP FOR HEROES. Mount Toubkal is a peak which stands within the Atlas Mountain Range in south-western Morocco. At 4167 metres, it is the highest peak in North Africa. If you would like to support them please visit the following link where you can make a secure online donation through a registered giving site: www.justgiving.com/MountToubkal2010

Thank you very much in anticipation for your help and support. With your donations, no matter how great or small, we can make a difference to those that deserve it most!!!

Please forward this email to your friends and family. Who will in turn forward it to their friends and family.

On behalf of Help For Heroes and Team Toubkal 2010, thank you very much.

Kind regards,

Robert”

UPDATE: Pro Darts player Chris ‘Mace the Ace’ Mason has joined Team Toubkal 2010! That’s fantastic news for the team and should really help raise awareness of the charity expedition.
A very worthy cause and not a pedestrian climb by any means. Let’s help these lads out, shall we? Help them help our troops at www.justgiving.com/MountToubkal2010.

2010
28.01

The recently-released DVD Heroes: The Greatest War Movies Ever! isn’t just a thrilling collection of clips from some of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time, it’s also a great way to help one of Andy McNab’s favorite charities. All proceeds from sales of the DVD (available throughout the UK as well as from online retailers) will be donated to Help for Heroes, a very worthy charity which provides practical, direct support for our wounded soldiers.
Here’s the trailer video featuring an interview with Andy McNab discussing the Greatest War Movies Ever! fund-raising DVD:

Order Heroes: The Greatest War Movies Ever! from Amazon.co.uk for £9.08 with FREE Super-Saver Shipping to UK and help our heroes!

2009
12.11

12.11.09 Graeme Neill

HarperPress is rush releasing a book with military charity Help for Heroes  featuring tales of British troops from the front line.

Real Heroes was commissioned in August and will be released on 30th November in hardback priced £9.99. It will feature introductions from Jeremy Clarkson and Ross Kemp with £1 from every copy sold donated to Help for Heroes. The publisher is hoping to raise more than £150,000 for the charity by Christmas.

The book features accounts of battles in Afghanistan by currently serving paratroopers as well as soldiers who have since retired from the Army. Decorated Apache helicopter pilot Ed Macy, who is also a HarperPress author, provides tips on what to do if missing in action or confronted with handmade bombs.

Senior editor Annabel Wright said the book was aimed at a wide readership. She said: “There’s a lot of military history out there but not as much that has true stories from the front line that are aimed at a younger readership. I think the book could appeal to teenagers as well as people in their fifties; the type of fan that reads Andy McNab.”

Go to The Bookseller website to read the full story

2009
28.10

The Rochdale Observer
by Diane Leach
October 27, 2009

Supermarket staff allegedly refused to serve a woman after claiming her Help for Heroes charity wristband meant she supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beth Hoyle, of Whitworth, claims she was turned away from the tills at Asda in Dane Street, because the checkout operator objected to ‘what she was wearing’.

The ‘stunned’ mum-of-three said: “My hand instinctively went to the Celtic cross around my neck. But the young lad on the till said it wasn’t that, pointed to my Help for Heroes wristband and accused me of supporting the war. I told him it was nothing to do with the war, but about supporting our injured troops.”

Mrs Hoyle, whose brother is an ex-paratrooper, complained to a supervisor but was shocked to hear he backed his staff member’s approach.

She added: “I immediately complained to a supervisor, but he said the cashier was entitled to his opinion and it was his right not to serve me. I was disgusted.”

Help for Heroes was founded in 2007 to help the wounded servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The charity’s patrons include Johnson Beharry VC, General Sir Richard Dannatt and Andy McNab, as well as celebrities including Ross Kemp and James Blunt.

Go here to read the full story

2009
21.10

Nothing British launches Operation Stolen ValourAndy McNab and other war heroes speak out against the BNP

Nothing British launches today (Tuesday 20th October)  a campaign by veterans to reclaim the honour of Britain’s Armed Forces from the British National Party.

In an internet blitz of moving videos, a number of war heroes describe their anger that the BNP seeks to use the public’s warm feelings towards Britain’s military to promote the politics of racism and extremism. The veterans call on fellow ex-servicemen to sign their petition.

Go see the (general) campaign video here

Ex-SAS commando Andy McNab has told Nothing British “the British National Party and Nick Griffin have no values.”

McNab – an ex-Gulf War veteran and best-selling author – first got involved with Nothing British when he heard how the BNP were attempting to auction off books he had written to raise funds for Help for Heroes (a charity of which he is also a patron and donor). He accused Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP, of exploiting the honour of Britain’s Armed Forces and demanded his books back.

In an exclusive to Nothing British, McNab, who was the highest decorated serving soldier in the British army, that he joined the forces to get out of trouble. “I joined up because I wanted to get out of the juvenile detention system”, says McNab.

“It wasn’t until I got into boy service ’til I realised what it was all about. There was a system of values that was constantly instilled in their soldiers. Selfless commitment. Courage. Discipline. Integrity. Loyalty. Respect for others. These are things that may seem as ‘old fashioned values’ but they are the very things that gets a young soldier to get up, run through fire and pick up his friend who is injured.”

McNab said that Nick Griffin’s exploitation of something that he “values a lot” made him very angry. The former SAS troop sergeant said points out how the freedoms we enjoy today can also be attributed to the thousands of Commonwealth troops who helped defend us during the Second World War.

The BNP’s “Battle of Britain” European election campaign drew heavily on the use of war time imagery, but the Bravo Two Zero hero draws attention to an obvious omission throughout the BNP’s revisionist history, namely the Polish and Commonwealth Air Crews who came to our rescue during our darkest hour of need. “That is why we won the Battle of Britain and as a country that is why we are so good because we have got such a good mix. And Nick Griffin doesn’t get that.”
Here is the video of Andy McNab speaking about the BNP:

2009
09.09

September 8, 2009 by BNP News
BNP Leader Announces Fundraising Effort for Ex-Soldiers

The British National Party will soon be launching an online auction of two autographed books by well-known military author Andy McNab to raise funds for the organisation “Help for Heroes.”

This announcement was made last weekend by BNP leader Nick Griffin MEP, who was speaking at a South Shropshire BNP fundraising dinner. “It is a disgrace that there are so many ex-servicemen who are homeless,” Mr Griffin told the packed establishment. “The present government is quite happy to use these young people in their illegal and immoral wars but when they are done, these same young men are cast aside,” he said. (…)

 The BNP leader then produced two large hardcover books: Brute Force and Seven Troop, written by well-known author Andy McNab. Both books had been signed by Mr McNab and were specifically endorsed for the organisation Help for Heroes. “These books will shortly be auctioned online by the BNP and all the funds raised will go to Help for Heroes,” Mr Griffin said to great applause.

Source: BNP

Andy McNab goes after the BNP

Andy McNab has told the BNP, “give me my books back”.

The ultimatum comes after Nick Griffin announced that signed copies of Brute Force and Seven Troop would be auctioned to raise money for Help for Heroes.

McNab – ex-SAS  hardman, Gulf War veteran and best-selling author – told Nothing British,

“When someone called me to say that the BNP was using one of my books in a publicity stunt, I was sick to the stomach.

“I served with men of all colours and from many nationalities. They were all equal to me. That’s what the army teaches you.

“Nick Griffin thinks differently. He thinks the British Army should be for whites-only. He thinks heroes like Johnson Beharry, our only living VC, should be sent back to Grenada.

“He doesn’t understand that what makes the British Army great, and what makes this country great.

“It’s the way we draw together people from all around the world and give them ideals worth believing in: tolerance, fairness, decency, looking out for the little guy.

“It’s the British way of doing things

“That’s why I’ve asked for my books back. Because I don’t want anything to help the BNP promote their poisonous politics of segregation and hatred.”

Source: NothingBritish.com