A Teesside production company has given its latest film to charity to mark the launch of a new recovery centre for injured troops.
Thousand Yard Films, run by Luke Statter and Sam Driver, was initially set up with the help of Start-Up Loans North East.
The pair produced, filmed, directed and edited the 20-minute film for Help for Heroes to show the route taken by riders of the Hero Ride from Edinburgh to London in May 2013.
The ride was held to raise funds for Phoenix House, the charity’s new £10.7m northern recovery centre at Catterick in North Yorkshire.
The centre, which hosted the gala premiere of the film, has been created to support wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women, veterans and their families from Nottingham to Scotland.
Statter, an ex-serviceman himself, said: “It was an incredible event to be part of as some of the riders were multiple amputees, so to be able to capture their determination, as well as the camaraderie of the team, was a real privilege.”
Kelly Bostock, support programme manager at Phoenix House, said: “Our aim at Help for Heroes is to inspire and enable wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives. The challenge of training for and taking part in the Hero Ride from Nottingham to Scotland played a valuable part in this.
“We cannot thank Luke and Sam enough for voluntarily not only giving up a week of their time to film the ride and many subsequent days editing it, but for ‘mucking in’ and assisting whenever we needed an extra pair of hands along the route. They didn’t just do the job they set out to do, but became very much a part of the support team and we very much look forward to working with them again in the near future.”
The Start-Up Loans scheme in the North East and Cumbria is delivered through a consortium including Virgin Money, Virgin Unite, The Northern Rock Foundation (NRF) and Project North East (PNE) – with PNE as the consortium partner responsible for arranging and making the loan. The scheme continues to open doors for entrepreneurs between 18 to 30 who have a great business idea. With around £500,000 of funding still to be awarded in the North East and Cumbria in 2013, successful applicants can get mentoring support from Virgin Money and Project North East’s years’ working with young people.