FAQs

We get a LOT of questions.  If you have a query, have a look through these frequently asked questions to see if it has been asked before.  If not email us enquiries@modelsforheroes.co.uk
  • Are you a "registered charity"?

No.  Not yet.   Our goal the first three years is to become registered with the Charities Commission in the UK. Before we can apply we need to have met certain criteria for operating as a registered charity.  Currently Models for Heroes is a 'Not For Profit Company Limited by guarantee.'  We are recognised as a charitable company by the HMRC in the UK allowing us to claim Gift Aid on donations from tax payers and apply for VAT exemption.  We are governed by a standard charitable constitution - a governing document that sets out the goals of Models for Heroes, who is lawfully accountable and how the organisation is structured and run.

  • What address do I send kits and Flying hours to?

Models for Heroes, 1 Harrier Road, Newbury, BERKSHIRE. RG20 4AB

  • Is Models for Heroes a temporary campaign?
One of the Aims of Models for Heroes is to provide a reliable supply of kits and materials to mental health charities. To be a reliable supplier we need to be running an ongoing charity structure.  When the occupational therapists stocks of kits run low their local model shop is the first point of call.  Putting pressure on an already struggling industry to provide more of their stock for free.  Models for Heroes will be available continually.  As long as the donations are there we will keep supplying kits and materials to all the mental health charities all of the time when they need them.

  • How did you get into this? Where do you find the time?
Quite by accident and my own stupidity. Details are on the About us page. Time is the main thing that I donate to Models for Heroes. I'm a keen scale model enthusiast that used to have lots of spare time to make models. Ironically I hardly get the time to sit and get messy with a kit.

  • I'm a hero, can I have a kit?
NO.  Well... Yes. But only if you are a resident or currently enrolled with a treatment facility or charity specifically for veterans and injured service personnel.  We plan to be able to provide all mental health charities in the future.  We do not supply individuals and only supply kits following referrals.

  • I represent a mental health charity. May I have some kits?
We would be honored.  Please email us at enquiries@modelsforheroes.co.uk

  • Are you only serving military charities?
No but we owe these brave heroes our absolute and unending gratitude for risking their limbs, their health and their lives to serve their country.  However we have grown sufficiently to be able to supply kits to any charities, official organisations or clubs where scale modelling sessions are held for the benefit of mental health.

  • Can I buy that kit from you?
No. We do not sell on donated stock and do not deliberately raise funds using retail in that way.   Donated stock is intended to be used directly for therapeutic purposes for injured service personnel.   However we occasionally receive unsuitable, used or damaged goods from donors.  These are unusable kits are stored until enough can be sold to a model kit trader.  The small profit from which will be added to the fundraising to buy new kits and materials.

  • Can I send you my started, unfinished kits?
Please don't.  We accept opened kits. We do not accept kits that have been started on.  The reason is when showing a hobby to someone for potentially the first time we want them to have the best experience possible. As a beginner, trying to build a kit that is already too difficult for a seasoned hobbyist is folly.  Our best advice is to push on and finish it.

  • I already donate kits to my local charity. Why should I donate to Models for Heroes?
You don't.  You keep doing what you're doing you super person you.  We aim to bring the wider modelling community together to provide a nationwide supply of kits for charitable use.

  • How does Models for Heroes benefit the public?
Poor mental health, Homelessness and suicide rates in ex servicemen and veterans are 13% above the average rate. Models for Heroes supports the promotion of and teaching of scale modelling as a hobby. Full immersion into an activity provides respite from imposing thoughts and regular socialising with people that have similar interests promotes good mental health. This is vital for developing healthy coping strategies for everyday stresses from both home and the work place.

  • How much money do you pay staff?
We do not pay a salary or wage to anyone within Models For Heroes.  Every pound you donate goes to the charity and its aims. Committee members and volunteers do not receive any monetary incentive or otherwise.  We do offer fuel reimbursement for volunteers and committee members who travel to distant sessions.  Models for Heroes is ran entirely voluntarily.

  • How does Mark Stonelake get involved?
Mark is an Ambassador for Models for Heroes as well as for other charities like the Royal British Legion.  He ex Commando Regiment, an Invictus Games athlete and an icon for recovery and dedication and a strong supporter of the armed forces.  Mark works with veterans in supported housing and recognises the power scale modelling has on well being and PTSD.  He even like to stick plastic together occasionally himself.  Mark works closely with our Chairman to focus relevant well being support.