Recovery Director at Help for Heroes, retired Colonel David Richmond discusses his role at the UK military charity, which empowers injured veterans to achieve their full potential. He also mentions how he trains and manages the UK Invictus Games Team.
David served in the British Army for 26 years, which included stints with inventory units in Bosnia and Iraq, as well as being the highest ranked British officer in Afghanistan as a Lieutenant Colonel. He insists that he enjoyed all his years in the Army and has no regrets, despite being shot in the leg and undergoing a number of surgeries four years after the ordeal to regain the 10 centimeters of bone he lost in his right femur. Having been able to save his leg and the intensive rehabilitation which followed at Headley Court, David received a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2012 and says it’s an award he is proud of and dedicates it to his family, who had to endure the lengthy recovery process with him.
As a retired Colonel, David talks about the leadership qualities that he learnt in the Army and how that can be transferred to professional Rugby players. David also highlights why Help for Heroes uses Rugby to raise awareness about the charity and to generate funds. Help for Heroes is a charity partner of The Rugby Business Network and David speaks about how this relationship was formed and the networking opportunities that exist in assisting injured servicemen and women when looking for careers in business after their years in the Military.
David lists the various fundraising initiatives set up for Rugby fanatics and businesses to get involved with to show their support for the charity. With the Help for Heroes funded facilities at Headley Court being transferred to a bigger, newer, purpose-built facility at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire in 2018, David says this move will not affect the work he does and is looking forward to the many more wounded veterans that can be supported.