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Testimonials

Here are some of our public endorsements and comments from the initial installation of There But Not There, which inspired the nationwide project.
What ‘There But Not There’ does so powerfully is support those struggling with the wounds of their service. Because it is through remembering and honouring the past that we can best stand alongside those facing so many scars of conflict today.

Bear Grylls

The There But Not There campaign is a moving tribute to our military and the veteran community. The fact that I am able to commemorate the huge sacrifice made by so many, whilst also raising funds for our wounded warriors attending the Invictus Games in Australia later this year, is a privilege.

Major Ivan Castro

It has been my privilege to lead our nation's finest warriors and I believe it is our duty to remember each and every hero who sacrificed their life for our country. I am extremely proud to support There But Not There, a nationwide tribute commemorating the centenary of World War One and raising money for today's Veterans. It is my honor to support this project, not only remember the more than 100,000 Americans lost in WWI, but to help veterans who need it today.

General Stanley A. McChrystal

Patron
As Patron of the There But Not There project, I strongly commend this initiative as a most compelling way to remember the Fallen of the First World War as our centenary commemoration comes to its conclusion.

General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL

There But Not There seeks to inspire communities commemorate their local fallen, educate the next generation and help heal the seen and unseen wounds war. This partnership will contribute enormously to the important work of the Foundation as it continues to serve those who have served.

Dominic Reid, Chief Executive, Invictus Games Foundation

It has been my duty and privilege to serve Her Majesty the Queen both in combat and, later organising State Ceremonial Parades with British Royal Family attendance. I have witnessed many huge public commemorations of lives lost but the poignancy of the There But Not There project brings the commemoration of the Fallen to a heartfelt personal level. Each one of nearly one million British and Commonwealth Military deaths and each one of the 110,000 U.S. Military lives lost in WWI will be acknowledged in this wonderful installation. It is a true honor for me to support this project and know that so much more help will be given to today’s Veterans through the money raised from this campaign.

William Mott OBE MVO

As a small boy I knew Perspex as the blister thru which our Spitfire heroes saw their war.
And that same; crystal clear; safer & better than glass - it made millions of the artefacts of our lives.
Remarkably it is still with us now and when I saw it in an ethereal role as a still and silent silhouette in a church pew, it was both the appropriate material and fitting in it’s silent perfect message - a brilliant clarity and a telling outline. No placard, no noise, not one word needed.
We all knew that silhouette, it will never fade - it was exactly that: There But Not There.

Sir Kenneth Grange, Industrial Designer

“I do commend this creative and imaginative project very warmly. As we commemorate the end of the First World War it is vital that we remember and this project allows us to do so in a way that will engage with the imagination and be a real exercise in remembrance.”

The Most Reverend & Right Hon. The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Help for Heroes is honoured to be involved in this inspiring and innovative project which is a poignant tribute to all those who lost their lives in WWI. The support from There But Not There will help us look to the future by enabling Help for Heroes to empower more Veterans to reach their potential and regain their purpose. We are founded on the belief that those who put their lives on the line for us deserve a second chance at life and this project serves as the perfect focal point to reflect on this sacrifice and do something about it.

Mel Waters – Chief Executive, Help for Heroes

The centenary of the Armistice marks a defining time in our history. So many people sacrificed so much in those war years and we must remember them. This project is a fitting memory to our forebears and Walking With The Wounded is honoured to be one of the beneficiaries of people’s generosity. While it is crucial we remember the past, we must not ignore the present, and as a charity we will continue to provide support to men and women who continue to serve on our behalf, particularly those who have struggled since they left the Armed Forces. There But Not There will help us do just that.

Ed Parker – Co-Founder & CEO, Walking With The Wounded

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