Halton Personnel Collect For Stubs Charity

In December Personnel from Recruit Training Squadron (RTS) helped raise money for the charity STUBS.

at the Stoop Stadium, the Twickenham home of the Harlequins rugby team. The team, Flight Lieutenant Emily-Jane Logan and Cpls Andy Logan, James Murphy, Nick Harrison and Dan Ashford helped collect £1,455.21. Craig Vassie, founder of STUBS, commented: “Without their help the final count would have been considerably less. We are grateful for their good humoured assistance with the collection”.

STUBS (as in ‘ticket stubs’) is a registered charity that provides practical support for UK armed services personnel who have been severely injured whilst on duty.

A key aspect of STUBS work is support for the UK’s most seriously injured servicemen and women, who are in-patients at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court, Epsom. Severely injured in-patients from  Headley Court are frequent visitors to STUBS events including Harlequins home games, where STUBS rents an executive box on the halfway line offering patients a great view of the action. Patients also attend a wide range of other sporting events and for many, their initial outing to a STUBS event is their first time out in public since being injured.

STUBS events have a considerable therapeutic value. Its not just a “trip to the rugby” – its being made to feel special, and valued, at a life-changing time, that gives patients a special “buzz” that really helps with their rehabilitation.

On a typical match day, guests join their hosts for lunch before enjoying the match from seats close to the halfway line. They use a hospitality box which means that they can host patients with severe injuries who still need ongoing care.  Everything is on one level, with no steps or stairs and the box provides a safe and secure environment for patients who are still recovering.

After the match they enjoy a visit from one or more of the Harlequins team, who conduct a draw for a signed match ball. Each guest receives a signed photo as a memento of their visit.

Corporal Logan said: “I got involved with the charity about eight months ago when STUBS requested volunteers whilst I was at RAF High Wycombe, since then I have taken on the role of social media co-ordinator (facebook, twitter) and have helped out with bucket collecting, and supporting staff at events. The weekend collection went very well; it was a cold and wet day at The Stoop but we collected before the match, at half time and then post match” .

If anyone wants to get involved with STUBS they can find information and contacts at www.stubs.org.uk

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