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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.
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

The Royal Foundation is incredibly grateful to be a beneficiary of this profoundly moving and innovative project. Through our Heads Together campaign and our relationship with Contact, the mental health and well-being of the Armed Forces Community is one of our main priorities.

Lorraine Heggessey, Chief Executive, The Royal Foundation

Throughout the world I see the impact of war and conflict and I am keenly aware of the effect this has on the mental health of some of our Service personnel. I am proud we are engaged in working to help them in this field and I really believe that the There But Not There project is a moving way of getting everybody who sees it to understand what veterans are facing.

Levison Wood

“There But Not There reminds us of those who served in WW1 and did not return home. I believe that alongside each symbolic figure stands the spectre of five others who did return and found themselves so changed by what they had experienced that life for them and their families would never be the same again. There But Not There stands as a powerful symbol for us to not forget them too.”

Lt Gen Andrew Graham CB CBE, Chairman of Trustees, Combat Stress

We take immense pleasure in joining There But There in their campaign. With dignity and grandeur, they pay the perfect homage to those lost. As our social enterprise Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, which employs Armed Forces veterans giving them a second chance at life after their service, has been kindly chosen to help with this tremendous project, it is clear that There But Not There not only remember the service personnel of yesterday, but also look to improve the lives of veterans today.

Brigadier Steve Sherry CMG OBE, Chief Executive of Royal British Legion Industries

Each one of the hundreds of thousands of white headstones in Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries around the world reflects a gap left in a community or family somewhere else in the world. Those names that we pass daily, on local war memorials, or on rolls of honour on the walls of churches, railway stations and schools, were all someone’s son, husband or father.
This project is a brilliant reminder of the lives that were sacrificed for their countries, and the loss that was felt then, in places which are familiar to us all today. It’s a great way to keep their stories alive.

Victoria Wallace,
 Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

These silhouettes will vividly illustrate the sacrifice of one generation to its successors. In a similar vein Project Equinox will provide a platform whereby younger generations, principally university undergraduates, can learn from and recognise the contributions of successive generations of veterans. Lest any generation ever forgets.

Project Equinox

“The poppies at the Tower of London captured the start of the national WWI commemoration  – There But Not There will  be the abiding concluding image.”

General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL
PATRON

These Games have shone a spotlight on the ‘unconquerable’ character of servicemen and women, their families and the ‘Invictus Spirit’.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation

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