A charity that helps treat injured British servicemen has been chosen to be the first recipient of a unique new fundraising initiative. Back on Track was established five years ago to help British troops as they return home from war with serious injuries and disfiguring scarring to the skin.
Since then, the charity has been working with former servicemen and women whose injuries range from the psychological to severely damaged or lost limbs and has achieved remarkable results particularly in the field of scar tissue reduction enabling their patients to face the world again.
As a result of the charity’s award-winning work, Back on Track came to the attention of Elliott Shuttleworth – CEO of Rafful – a new undraising platform that is expected to raise more than £1,000,000 for charities over the next 12 months. Rafful offer prize-draw tickets from as little as £10 per entry for the chance to win a date with celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment as well as spectacular money-can’t-buy experiences.
The inaugural prize-draw, which goes live on Sunday 21st July, offers the chance to compete in Karting with Heroes – Back on Track’s annual celebrity race day, where the lucky winner and 3 friends will participate in the race event at Buckmore Park in Kent on 1st September. The winner and his guests will also mix with all the celebrities on the day including the charity’s patron, Loose Women presenter Andrea McLean.
Entrepreneur Elliott Shuttleworth, who already has three successful businesses ventures under his belt, said: “Rafful has come up with a solution that takes the joy of giving beyond the feel-good factor, offering substantially better odds than the national lottery, allowing anybody who donates via the website to win a once-in-a-lifetime prize. “
Back on Track Founder Dr Khan adds: “It is our mission to rehabilitate and resettle into society, former members of the armed forces who have been wounded, physically or psychologically by providing or assisting in the provision of medical treatment (including reconstructive surgery) emotional and psychological support and facilities or other support.
“With no official support or funding from elsewhere, Back on Track relies on donations or monies raised from events. Rafful hope to raise up to £50,000 which will go a long way to helping us to continue our life changing work.”
Elliott Shuttleworth added: “British troops are recognised as the best in the world and are heroes, but even heroes get hurt. Some injuries are psychological, but more often than not limbs are lost or severely damaged, and most wounds cause extensive scarring. Many casualties are young men and women in the prime of their lives whose confidence is damaged along with their body. Many believe that they will never be able to lead normal lives again.
“We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to start our fund-raising activities by supporting such a worthy cause.”