I grew up surrounded by army camps and went to school where something like 40% of the students were from army families. Therefore, its fair to say that the army has always been part of my life though in all honesty I never paid much attention until I left school.
Help for Heroes was initially a small charity set up in my home county of Wiltshire, however soon after the launch of the charity it took off at an amazing rate and it is now fair to say that it is one of the most well known charities in the UK. Help for Heroes provides support and assistance for those soldiers who are injured in conflict. This is through a variety of methods including physio, therapy and all sorts of things.
With the charity being very local to us I have been a supporter from very early on. I am a big fan of their merchandise and especially like the 'Hero' bear for all four services - the army, navy, marines and RAF. In 2010 my partner decided to pursue his lifelong dream of joining the navy. Sadly due to an injured shoulder he could not join but the time when he was going through the process really did make me think. I had an immense amount of respect for soldiers prior to this but this also made me think in a lot more depth about the soldiers loved ones. Therefore, my support and interest for the charity did grow slightly.
I bought this tax disc holder directly from the Help for Heroes website in the summer of 2010. It cost just £2 which I thought was an extremely reasonable price for a tax disc, especially one which all proceeds would be going to a good cause. There is a P&P charge on the website but as I was ordering a lot of other stuff I wasn't too concerned. It is worth checking out the website because H4H often have events where their merchandise is sold or pop up shops for weekends in order to increase awareness. If you do need to order online the postage cost is £3.95 but it is worth noting that previously I ordered the wrong size but they immediately shipped out another free of charge (I did have to pay return post but thats entirely fair seeing as it was my fault)!
The tax disc holder is very pretty but I think that it could be used in both a man and a womans car. It is baby blue and has the four varieties of 'Hero' along the circular back section and the top front bit bears the famous logo of the charity. The holder has two compartments - the main circular bit where the tax disc sits but also a card sized gap which is perfect for storing breakdown details. To stick the holder to your windscreen you will need to peel the holder from some backing paper. It then sticks with adhesive onto the glass. I have had my holder on for well over two years now and it has never fallen off regardless of the weather. I haven't tried to remove it but I imagine it will require a hard pull and some elbow grease to remove the sticky residue.
I think the holder looks great. I am showing my support for one of my favourite charities and buying it helps me to know that I am doing something (albeit very small) for our countries heroes. I love the design of it and think it is perfect for most people. However if bears are a bit too girly for you there is now a different design featuring the charities famous stretcher design which is available from the H4H site for the same low price.
The H4H tax disc holder is absolutely brilliant value for money at just £2. Please buy from the official H4H site or events if you are buying as this ensures all proceeds go to the charity. H4H offers such a fantastic range of goodies ranging from hoodies to dog leads, oven gloves to mugs. All of the products are of excellent quality and I have quite a few items but I will certainly be visiting the site again in the next few weeks. Some lovely Christmas gifts can be found from H4H and a lot of the items can be found at extremely reasonable prices.
As my little brother is for the time being serving in the Royal Navy Help for Heroes is a charity that I'm keen to donate to and will throw some coins into a tin if I ever see someone collecting for them and wear my Help for Heroes wristband with pride.
A few months ago now I went to visit my parents and my mum told me there was a little something for me on the table. Being a bit of a big kid I love surprises and was keen to see what she had bought me. I saw the tax disc holder straight away, and recognised it as being a Help for Heroes item due to the four bears pictured on it.
The tax disc holder has a slot where you slip in your tax disc and another little section at the top which is the size of a credit card and holds my breakdown membership card perfectly.
The holder is self adhesive and providing your windscreen is clean and free from any residues it will attach without any problem.
From the inside of the car you can see the four Armed Forces Heroes bears, with the Help for Heroes logo just below them, on the main body of the tax disc holder. At the top of the holder where you can place a recovery membership card is the website address for Help for Heroes. We are also told that it is made in the UK, contains reclaimed PVC and is recyclable.
When in place on the windscreen and looking at it from outside the car, the tax disc can be easily seen and at the top above the disc is the Help for Heroes logo and website address, so that anyone being nosey or checking your road tax can see your support for the charity.
I must have had this holder for over six months now as I've definitely had to put a tax disc into it twice - once when I first got it and again not long after when I had to renew my tax and my tax expires at the end of November. I find it easy enough to get the tax disc out when I had to replace it as even though it is stuck on the screen rather than the clingy type of tax disc holder which can be taken off and put back on again, the pocket is slightly bigger than a tax disc so the disc doesn't get all scrunched up when you're putting it in.
Overall I think this is a great little tax disc holder and beats the boring red one I had in previously and at £2 it's very reasonably priced.
Available from the Help for Heroes online shop.