Team True Spirit was formed in 2009 by Mark Airey at the height of the Afghanistan conflict and the original purpose was to inspire, enable and support a group of seriously injured service personnel, through endurance sports events. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and has helped over 1000 wounded, injured or sick serving personnel and veterans to overcome their physical and mental health challenges.
Many of you will remember Team True Spirit from our virtual event in July and also from previous years. Our most memorable story would be ‘Daz and Deano’ who completed the 50 as part of their rehabilitation and then the following year, came back and completed the 100 together.
Unfortunately donations to Help 4 Heroes have recently dropped. As a consequence, 140 staff have been made redundant, the Phoenix House Rehab Centre in Catterick (home for Team True Spirit) will be closed and financial support for Team True Spirit has ended.
Founder of the team Mark Airey was also made redundant, but was desperate to keep the team together in some form. We’ve donated an initial £5000, raised from the last virtual event, to keep the team going and we’ll be working to establish the team as an independent charity, separate to Help 4 Heroes. Our goal is to ensure the team not only continues to support injured service personnel, but develops, thrives and grows in coming years. We’ll keep you up to date with all it’s progress, thanks for your continued support which has enabled us to do this.
You can read more about the team at the new website www.teamtruespirit.com
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