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Colchester Castle hosts Help for Heroes model force

Colchester Castle will be hosting 12,000 of the figurines

Date issued: 9 March 2020

Colchester Castle is thrilled to be working with Help for Heroes to support its 40,000 Strong model campaign.

Help for Heroes has revealed that injury has forced almost 40,000 men and women to leave the military over the past 20 years. Every day, this number continues to rise. In response, Help for Heroes has created a 40,000 Strong model force to help show the true scale of those who have put their lives on the line for their country.

The model force will be going on display around the country and Colchester Castle will be hosting 12,000 of the figurines over the weekend of 4-5 April. The models will take over the Castle’s historic Lucas Vaults in what promises to be a poignant event.

The Castle would like to encourage as many people as possible to come along and see this stunning display and show their support to help all wounded veterans stand strong. On the day, there will be an opportunity to donate and own your own boxed figure or simply head online to donate at https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/40thousandstrong/

As part of our Armed Forces Covenant, we are delighted to offer free entry to serving personnel, Veterans and their families for this opening weekend to view the model army. Discounts are available at other times.

Councillor Julie Young, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Performance and Deputy Leader of the Council said: “We are delighted that this important installation is coming to Colchester Castle. We are proud of our Garrison and this is a special opportunity to highlight the service that our troops have given. That is why we want to provide free access to the Castle. Join Colchester Castle and Help for Heroes in supporting this campaign.”

Julian North, Recovery Manager for the East for Help for Heroes, added: “We are extremely grateful to Colchester Castle for hosting this 40,000 Strong installation, due to our connection with the town. Not only is it a major garrison town but it is home to one of the four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres.

Injuries have ended 40,000 military careers in the last 20 years and every day this number grows. Many of them tell us that their transition impacted significantly on their health, wellbeing and family. With the public’s support, we’re on a mission to ensure every wounded hero has the best opportunity to stand strong in civilian life”.

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