Hiho raises thousands for Help for Heroes

Hiho managing director Andrew Ransford.

Jewellery company raises money for charity through new Heroes range.

Somerset based jewellery company Hiho has raised over £7,700 for Help for Heroes with its specially designed ‘Heroes’ range.

The money was raised in just six months from the collection of bracelets, necklaces and earrings, of which 20 percent of the online and in-store proceeds was donated to charity.

Hiho’s relationship with Help for Heroes was established towards the end of 2009 following the death of British bomb disposal expert Olaf Schmid.

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Hiho managing director Andrew Ransford said: “After hearing the news about yet another young British soldier dying in Afghanistan, we started talking about how we might be able to find a way to support the courageous British troops who risk their lives on a daily basis.

“Getting involved with Help for Heroes was perfect, as they raise money to help those wounded in the current conflicts.”

Once plans to support Help for Heroes had been decided upon, a meeting was set up between Hiho and charity founders Bryn and Emma Parry.

Ransford explained that donating a percentage from the ‘Heroes’ jewellery sales was only one part of the company’s efforts towards supporting the charity.

He said: “Many of us here at Hiho have military connections and it’s something that we all feel very strongly about. As a team, we throw ourselves into a host of sponsored activities and events whenever we can. We are proud to support such a fantastic and worthy cause.”

Hiho’s latest fundraising endeavour for Help for Heroes saw the team take part in the Dragon Boat race at Sherborne Castle, where they raised almost £1,000 for Help for Heroes and the Piers Simon Appeal.

The funds raised for Help for Heroes from the Dragon Boat race added to those already accrued from Hiho’s ‘Heroes’ jewellery range and other endeavours, which included a cycle ride from London to Paris at the end of last year. Completed by Hiho shows coordinator Belinda Quinn and four friends, the sponsored cycle raised £2,600 for the charity, bringing the total raised by Hiho for Help for Heroes in recent months to in excess of £10,000.

Help for Heroes’ Somerset county coordinator Richard Lupton said: “To have raised over £10,000 is an outstanding achievement – thank you to all at Hiho.

“What they have done will make such a difference to the wounded servicemen and women I know they care so deeply about.”

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