Veterans

Coronavirus: Charity 'Very Proud' Of Its Support To Veterans During Pandemic

During the coronavirus lockdown, around 40 more people volunteered with Hull 4 Heroes to help veterans in need.

At the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, charity Hull 4 Heroes was delivering food parcels to more than 550 veterans every week, amounting to almost a tonne-and-a-half of donated food every day.

This turned what started in a small cupboard in their office, into a massive warehouse full of donated food and essential items.

To manage the load, their volunteer base also increased by about 40 people.

The charity was set up in 2016 with the aim of providing a self-sustaining veterans' village to house and rehabilitate ex-service personnel.

Whilst that project is still ongoing, the charity has found itself at the heart of the city’s many outreach initiatives over the last few months.

Army veteran and founder of Hull 4 Heroes, Paul Matson, told Forces News: "I’m very proud of what we’ve done as a team.

"We are a team and that’s the biggest thing on earth. These people are wonderful people."

The charity had to move from a small cupboard to a warehouse to deal with the amount of donations.

One of those who wanted to make a difference is Anthony Norrie - a Royal Navy veteran who owns a catering business and has helped feed hundreds of key workers.

"Once you’re passionate about something, and you believe in something, it doesn’t matter whether you get paid for it or not," he said.

"Apart from being in the forces, I’ve never really been a part of something like this before."

Hull 4 Heroes was already a charity that regularly visited veterans, before COVID-19.

Despite lockdown easing, the charity is continuing to deliver vital supplies to those in need, with many veterans still unable to leave their homes.