Bryn Parry is co-founder of Help for Heroes, a breakthrough charity supporting troops which, in its first three years, raised over £70m.
He set up the charity with his wife and business partner Emma Parry in October 2007 after their son, Tom, joined the armed forces.
The charity is based in Bryn Parry Studios, where Bryn ran a successful framing and art company based around his cartoon and caricature designs for many years until the charity grew in importance, eventually eclipsing his art career.
Bryn's art was first fostered through his work in the army, which he left in 1985, after one of his paintings was commissioned as a regimental Christmas card.
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The London Evening Standard’s annual list of the most influential people in the Capital has two charity players in the top 20.
Help for Heroes has refused to accept funds raised by the leader of the English Defence League in the wake of last week’s murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Help for Heroes founder Bryn Parry has rejected the criticism of his charity reported on last night’s Newsnight programme, insisting the five-year-old charity does the best it can for wounded servicemen and women.
Donations to the UK's charities that support the armed forces surged by more than 25 per cent between 2008 and 2010, while donations to other charities dropped by 4.3 per cent, according to research by the Charities Aid Foundation.
Help for Heroes has attracted media coverage, high-profile sponsorship and is doubling annual income year-on-year. Celina Ribeiro talked to co-founder Emma Parry about the not-so-secrets of the charity’s success .
Having only just celebrated its third anniversary in October, Help for Heroes is a charity in its infancy, yet it has achieved unprecedented support from the press, celebrity and public, raising £73m in its short existence. Niki May Young managed to pin down co-founder Bryn Parry to find out how the charity has capitalised on its popularity.
Charity Awards winner Sharon Berry was among the many sector personalities recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2010 this week. Berry, whose charity Storybook Dads took home the Overall Winner award in 2007, has received an OBE for services to children and families.
Upstart fundraising powerhouse Help for Heroes has saved Bmycharity, by taking the enterprise on as a trading subsidiary soon after it announced it would be withdrawing its service.
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