The Shop team are working hard from home now – making sure we are doing the best for our wounded veterans who need us now more than ever. Take a look at our favourite pick of Help for Heroes products we’re wearing and using - along with a few hobbies and tips on what activities we get up to in our free time.
We hope you enjoy this – why not let us know what you are wearing and getting up to!
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Amy - Marketing Assistant
David - Supply Chain Analytics Manager
''It’s very comfortable to wear. The soft brushed cotton material is high quality and the shape is ideal. The Union Jack panel across the shoulders looks very smart and, combined with the Help for Heroes logo, allows me to show my patriotism as well as my support for the charity. It also makes me feel very proud wearing this, knowing that it was designed by a military veteran who has benefited from the support that Help for Heroes provides.
My wife, daughters and I have been working on turning our back garden into a wildlife-attracting, food-growing, eco-friendly space. It's growing into a lovely, peaceful space to relax in, where we feel connected with nature, which we find helps to keep life in perspective''.
Laura - Marketing Executive
''I absolutely loved creating the Flowers of Friendship range with our talented Band of Sisters. We had some really fun evenings playing around with watercolour and creating the design. The Flowers of Friendship notecards are painted using a motif of flowers from each of the Band of Sisters, you can read more about the project on our blog. Why not write a note to a person you are missing during lockdown? These cards are guaranteed to brighten someone’s day''.
If you are struggling with creative block, try these ideas to get started.
- Draw from life – It doesn’t have to be perfect, grab anything to hand, a biro, the back of an envelope and try drawing whatever is in front of you, a pet, the mess on the kitchen table, plants in the garden.
- Limit your time – set a timer, try drawing for 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 20 minutes – see what marks you can get on the paper in limited time.
- Use mixed media – you don’t need a perfect set of paints to create great art, use what you have to hand, newspaper, collage, make up, an old marker pen, those tester pots of paint at the back of the cupboard…
Martin - Trading Director
''I love wearing my Help for Heroes Honour shirt. I especially like the detailing such as the two button cuffs and the contrast fabric in the collar. Having the tri-stripes on the front has been a good conversation starter as people often ask which brand it represents. A blue Honour shirt is a real workhorse item of clothing, I wear mine with a suit, jeans and chinos''.
''Having more time at home over the past few weeks has allowed me to indulge my love of cooking. I describe myself as a kitchen bungler, often failing to read the recipe properly and even more frequently forgetting to buy some ingredients. Having not baked bread in years I decided to renew my kneading skills and managed to bake a very presentable bloomer. I also made a cheese soufflé, which tasted much better than it looked!''.
Annabel - Trading Operations Assistant
''My Help for Heroes coffee cup is one of the first things I reach for in the morning.
My favourite way to start the day is by having a little morning stretch/yoga session with slices of lemon and hot water, in the reusable cup of course!
Either at lunch time or in the evening, if the weather is nice I will go for a stroll around the city of Salisbury, with coffee cup in hand, to get some fresh air and enjoy the Spring days.
In the evening, but mostly weekend mornings, I will make a cuppa to have in bed and read a book. My most recent favourite read is ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay''.