Phoenix House Tommy

A new campaign to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War has been given a £2 million boost.

'There But Not There', the Great War centenary campaign led by General The Lord Dannatt, has been boosted by the Government’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

The money is being made available to schools, communities and faith groups wanting to host their own installation of seated silhouettes.

Since its launch just eight weeks ago, 'There But Not There' has raised in excess of £1.8 million for armed forces charities – of which Help for Heroes is one - and sold more than 60,000 ten-inch Perspex Tommies.

They are replicas of the six-foot version that can be seen at Phoenix House and Help for Heroes three other Recovery Centres.

Tommy in Yorkshire Dales

David McNeill, the Charity’s Head of Recovery North, said the life-size Tommy has become a talking point for all who have seen him.

“We are honoured to be able to host a Tommy. It currently stands as a focal point at the front of our Recovery Centre to commemorate 100 years from the end of WW1, and to remind people of the sacrifice made by those who have put their lives on the line for us and those who continue to do so.”

He added: “But we also plan to take Tommy out and about with us around the North of England and Scotland to reinforce this message.

“Help for Heroes is incredibly proud to be one of the benefiting charities of the project and will be using our share of funds raised to help heal those wounded in recent conflicts to give them a second chance to be a Force for Good.”

Tommy with bike

The funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust comes in response to the overwhelming groundswell of support from grassroots, community-led campaign groups and places of worships keen to host their own installations.

The £2 million will be made available in micro-grants and applications are open from 1st – 30th June to any schools, communities and faith groups wanting to take part in the campaign.

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The silhouettes have been designed by conceptual photographer and installation artist Martin Barraud, who first created the Perspex men representing the Fallen in 2016.

IMAGES: Nash Photography

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