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Intrepid Games Foundation launches appeal to support injured emergency services personnel

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Charity aims to raise £25,000 for annual event

The Intrepid Games Foundation has launched an appeal following its registration with the Charity Commission.

The Foundation aims to support disabled or injured emergency services personnel by organising an annual national competition at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

According to Intrepid Games Foundation, hundreds of emergency services personnel are injured each year while serving their communities.

This initiative aims to recognise and encourage these individuals, aiding their rehabilitation through sport.

The Foundation’s approach mirrors the success of the Invictus Games Foundation, with Prince Harry’s involvement highlighted as a key influence.

Fundraising goals and event details

The Foundation is seeking to raise £25,000 to cover the costs of the first event.

This funding will go towards hiring facilities, providing accommodation and meals for participants, and organising pre-games training days.

These preparations are intended to integrate participants into disability sports groups, offering long-term benefits beyond the event itself.

The Foundation emphasises the importance of community support for emergency services personnel, who often face challenges alone.

The event is designed to include individuals with both mental health and physical disabilities, fostering a supportive environment.

The initial goal is to have approximately 100 participants.

Support from government officials

James Cleverly MP recently announced his support for the initiative, committing to honouring injured emergency services personnel with medals.

Kerry Snuggs BEM, the founder of the Intrepid Games Foundation from Hampshire, expressed the significance of this recognition.

She stated: “It is so important that injured officers are finally being given the recognition they deserve.

“A lot of work still needs to be done around this, so we hope that we get backing from the Government for this initiative also.

“We hope that the government starts recognising those who have given their all for the emergency services.

“Often running towards danger, and then left with significant life-changing injuries and mental health. They are the forgotten ones.

“This project will aid those who have given so much to their communities by helping them with their rehabilitation through the power of sport.”

Founder’s background and personal experience

Kerry Snuggs, a former police officer with over 20 years of service, sustained significant injury and PTSD after intervening to save someone in crisis.

Her involvement in the Hampshire Sitting Volleyball team played a positive role in her rehabilitation.

Kerry received a BEM in 2021 for her services to the community and hopes her experience with disability sport can benefit others.

Further details and opportunities to support the initiative can be found on the Foundation’s crowdfunding page.

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