Troop Aid was founded in November 2006 by three ex-servicemen as a result of a visit to Selly Oak Hospital’s Alexandra Wing in Birmingham. This is the home of the Defence Medical Welfare Services who are responsible for the welfare of all Armed Forces personnel, male and female who have been injured during the conflict in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
When injured troops return to the United Kingdom from the war zones they arrive back without their personal effects or clothing. The objective of Troop Aid is to supply the ‘basic essentials’ when service casualties return from serving their country overseas.
Our grab bags are currently being sent to the Field Hospitals in Afghanistan, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham plus the Ministry of Defence Hospital Units in Plymouth, Portsmouth and Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley.
A Troop Aid grab bag and typical contents.
In addition to this emergency pack we also supply a mobile phone and items of clothing and footwear such as tracksuits, hoodies, fleeces and trainers. We also sponsor two rooms for the families of Armed Forces personnel who are in intensive care and maintain three coffee machines on the military ward at the QE. We visit the ward twice weekly with fresh supplies and items such as biscuits, soft drinks, DVDs and video games.
Our funds come entirely from fund raising events and donations from organisations such as Rotary International, Lions International, Masonic Lodges, Round Table, primary and secondary schools, ex-service associations, the local business community and the general public. We will continue to help our troops returning from conflicts for as long as necessary.
Troop Aid understands that everyone who joins the Armed Forces may one day go to war and fight for their country. We believe that when injured troops return home they should be cared for. At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital injured servicemen and women receive the very best medical care.
A Troop Aid fundraising 'Stretcher Run' event.
It costs £25.00 to make up one of our grab bags. If you would like to sponsor a bag, or make a donation please send your cheque to:
Troop Aid, Kings Court Business Centre, 17 School Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8JG.
Cheques should be made payable to: Troop Aid.
Troop Aid merchandise (including Brave, the Troop Aid Bear) can be purchased at The Forces Store.