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Injured servicemen and women to take part in gruelling race

This September a group of injured servicemen and women will take part in the annual Arch to Arc triathlon.

The gruelling 300-mile race begins at Marble Arch in Central London. From there competitors will run for 87 miles down to Dover then swim the 20 or so miles across the Channel before they cycle the 181 miles to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Among those chosen to take part is Andy Newell from Fleet and Nerys Pearce from Ascot. Nia Mason reports.

'The great British public supporting the armed forces'

The best military polo players have been in action at Tidworth today.

The highlight was the Heroes' Cup of 2015. Six para players were in action as the sport paid tribute to the armed forces. Money raised at the event will go to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes charities. Last year's event raised £15,000 for good causes.

The co-founder and Chief Executive of Help for Heroes, Bryn Parry OBE, thanked the public for their generosity.


The Heroes' Cup 2015 - polo for charity at Tidworth

The Best of British Polo event is raising money for charity

Crowds of people have gathered at the 'Best of British Polo' event in Wiltshire today. It is fast becoming a regular fixture on the polo calendar.

Among the events is the 'Heroes' Cup 2015' which includes armed forces personnel and veterans competing on the field.

The events will raise money for Help for Heroes and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight. Last year more than 5,000 spectators turned up for a day of polo, and £15,000 was raised for charity.

Money is also being raised for the Hampshire & isle of Wight Air Ambulance

How could he do it? Fraudster sold fake 'Help for Heroes' pin badges

A fraudster who pocketed the proceeds from selling fake Royal British Legion Poppy and Help for Heroes pin badges has been handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and told to pay prosecution costs of £1,650.

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards secured the conviction of Jay Meech, 28, of Old Road, Gosport who sourced and sold counterfeit pin badges depicting the emblems of Premier League football teams and the two registered charities.

The fake badge is on the right Credit: HCC
The fake Manchester United badge Credit: HCC

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Meech designed the inferior quality pin badges, had them manufactured in China and shipped to the UK for him to sell via eBay and his website, ripping off the charities and football teams to the tune of £22,000 in turnover.

Following an investigation by Trading Standards officers, a warrant was executed in October 2013 and he was found to be in possession of more than 1,000 fake pin badges which depicted the emblems of several well known football clubs. Meech also had 5,849 Royal British Legion style ‘Poppy’ and 706 Help for Heroes ‘Medal’ pin badges.

These pin badges were confirmed, by the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes, to be fake.

All the pin badges were of an inferior quality and had been manufactured and sold without permission from the football clubs or the charities.

Help for Heroes fundraiser used money for his own business

A man who gathered £300,000 in donations for Help For Heroes in Sussex and Oxfordshire, and kept the money for himself, has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Christopher Copeland, 52, from mid-Devon admitted fraud and money laundering at Exeter Crown Court.

He had a team of staff, who believed they were raising money for charity legitimately. They took old military vehicles, branded with the Help for Heroes logo, to supermarkets and shopping centres all over the country.

The money raised never reached the charity but was instead used to subsidise Mr Copeland's own business which was in financial difficulty and has since gone into liquidation.

Christopher Copeland Credit: ITV West Country


Charity collector raises £300k and keeps it for himself

A man who was falsely collecting donations outside a number of locations across the south has pleaded guilty to defrauding Wiltshire-based Help for Heroes charity.

Chris Copeland has been told to expect a long prison sentence for duping the public and for making profit out of the charity.

We spoke to DCI Mike Robison outside the court - who said another charity collector alerted the police of the illegitimate goings-on.

Row to Recovery team in training

A team of rowers including armed forces Captain Mark Jenkins from Brighton are preparing for one of the toughest races in the world. Joining him will be Trooper Cayle Royce and Corporal Scott Blaney who were both injured during service in Afghanistan.

The Row to Recovery team will begin the gruelling journey across the Atlantic in December, raising money for Help for Heroes.

Prince Harry & Prince William to visit Help for Heroes

Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge recently visited the set of the Harry Potter films Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will visit Tedworth House in Tidworth later as they offically open the new Help for Heroes Recovery Centre.

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