Hannah Campbell was a Corporal in the British Army and during her first tour in Iraq in 2007, the building she was guarding at Camp Charlie, Basra, came under mortar attack.
Her injuries were life changing. Buried under rubble, she attempted claw her way to safety before being dug out by fellow soldiers. Her hearing and eyesight were both significantly impaired, an injury to her brain left her semi conscious, and during that fight for survival, she suffered a cardiac arrest.
After being flown back to Britain, the mother of two began her rehabilitation. Following countless operations piecing her shattered body together, she eventually made the decision to have her leg amputated.
Early in 2016, Hannah appeared on Bear Grylls' The Island and during the filming an extreme thunderstorm triggered a PTSD attack that brought back the horrors of Iraq. It was the most public trauma ever seen in a veteran with millions viewing the attack.
Hannah has decided to use her experiences to support the Veterans' Foundation and urge people to play the Veterans' Lottery in the knowledge that it will change lives, and save lives.
I understand how important it is that our veterans aren't forgotten. I know former soldiers who have been isolated and ended up homeless and sleeping in their cars. So many veterans need support and advice to cope with life after service. This support might last a lifetime and by playing the lottery it directly funds a whole range of projects from homelessness, poverty and PTSD through to training for a new career.
Jon White was a Captain in the Royal Marines whose life changed forever when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while on tour in Afghanistan in 2010.
He lost both legs above the knee and his right arm above the elbow at the age of 27.
Thanks to support from the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Marines Charity - an organisation that’s benefited from funding by the Veterans’ Foundation - Jon has received the treatment and support that’s enabled him to thrive since being injured while serving his country.
In 2015, The Royal Marines Charity and its partner charity Blesma – the Limbless Veterans Charity, commissioned Jon to write a report urging the Government to improve the treatment provided to trans-femoral (above knee) amputees.
As a result the Government agreed that discharged veterans can access MOD treatment facilities with NHS funding - a remarkable u-turn.
In 2016 this went a step further and Jon was able to persuade NHS England to
pay for replacement X3 prosthetic legs for above knee amputees.
Jon is an Inspirational Speaker, Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach.
Both myself and many people like me owe so much to charities like the Veterans' Foundation and that’s why it makes me immensely proud to be an ambassador for the VF.
The lottery provides a long-term, sustainable source of funding for veterans living with physical and mental issues.
It also provides funding for projects that help homeless veterans into safe shelter and supports training to help ex-servicemen and women make the transition into civilian life.
THE TRUSTEES & CEO OF THE VETERANS' FOUNDATION
MAJOR GEN DAVID SHAW (CEO)
David Shaw concluded his military career as the major general commanding 2nd Division in 2012 and was appointed CBE in 2012. He has a significant background in change management, leadership and communication and is a director of Unicorn ARC Ltd. He is co-founder and chair of trustees for the award-winning veterans' charity AF&V Launchpad that looks after veterans in Newcastle and Liverpool.
He is founder of the Veterans' Foundation and co-founder of the Veterans' Lottery.
PETER MOUNTFORD (Chair)
Peter Mountford is a successful financier, chairman and director, and active investor.
He is currently the Chair of Heropreneurs, the only UK charity that specialises in helping military veterans create their own businesses. He is a non-executive director of RWS Holdings plc, one of the world’s most successful technical translation companies. In 2013 he helped found Lifeline Technologies Group plc, the UK’s leading provider of e-learning services and technologies to business.
Peter was previously Chairman of Lifeline Energy, an internationally acclaimed humanitarian organisation which enables vulnerable people transform their lives.
Eline is an associate director at wealth management company Tilney Bestinvest and has 10 years' experience managing investments for individuals and charities. Before joining Tilney Bestinvest in 2013, Eline was a member of Barclays' Global Portfolio Construction Team and today she splits her time between the investment needs of private individuals and UK charities. Eline is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and holds an MBA from Marshall University in West Virginia, USA
Bruce Walker is a chartered surveyor, businessman with international experience and has served in the Queen’s Own Yeomanry (TA) and in the Hong Kong Regiment.
He worked for 30 years in Hong Kong in the property business, and co-founded his current firm, Pamfleet, in 2001. Pamfleet is a private equity fund that invests in Hong Kong and Singapore. It buys buildings to which it can add value then sell on.
Bruce gained an MA (Hons) in Philosophy and is FRICS.
Mungo Tulloch was a businessman and Chartered Surveyor (FRICS) for over forty years.
He worked in London, Canada and Glasgow.
He served in the TA for seven years and is currently a SSAFA caseworker in Ayrshire.
Richard served as an artillery officer with 2nd Field Regiment in Germany, Cyprus and Iraq, then held the appointment of Adjutant of 1st Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. After leaving the regular army, he commanded 207 (Glasgow) Battery Royal Artillery in the Territorial Army.
After leaving the army, Richard gained an LLB (Distinction) at Edinburgh University and later an LLM (Distinction) in Construction Law. Richard has practised as a lawyer with Burness Paull LLP for 20 years in Edinburgh specialising in engineering and construction disputes, and disciplinary procedures. He is Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Scotland, an organisation with 14,000 members worldwide, promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.