On Thursday, Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House in Tidworth held their annual Christmas stockings day and the wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel, veterans and their families came together for a Christmas party.
In the daytime, everyone ate Christmas lunch together which was served by Tedworth House staff and there was a special guest appearance from Help for Heroes ambassador Ross Kemp, who spent lots of time speaking with the residents, took plenty of selfies and was even handed a few mobiles with the request… “My mum is on the phone and wants to say hello!”
The Chelsea Pensioners, were also invited to the daytime, came along to the day and alongside the WIS were handed their AMAZING Christmas stockings, filled with gifts donated by the public.
After the afternoon fun finished, all preparations began for evening party which was only a few hours later that evening.
120 families came together at Tedworth House for an incredible evening. The guests were greeted at the front of the house by two reindeer –and after finding out it was Rudolph himself, the children became very excited that they had just met the reindeer that will be flying her presents in just a weeks’ time!
Then their big boss came to visit, Santa Claus came through the door and all the kids that had been dancing and playing suddenly became very quiet in fear of being put on the naughty list. Father Christmas gave every child a teddy bear – which had been kindly donated by Rendcomb College in Cirencester.
The Tidworth Military Wives choir and Veterans Voices both performed beautiful sets in which bought the wonderful evening to a close.
If you would like to send a Christmas message to our heroes please visit www.helpforheroes.org, the messages will be placed around Tedworth House Recovery Centre for the wounded, injured and sick to see and give them a Christmas boost.