Brenda Hale OBE
Brenda’s husband, Captain Mark Hale was killed on 13 August 2009 whilst serving with 2 Rifles in Afghanistan. His unit had been providing security for a meeting of local leaders in Sangin and searching a mosque for ammunition when a soldier triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). A second explosion followed and Captain Hale was wounded as he tried to help the casualties. He later died of his injuries at Camp Bastion.
Mark and Brenda had been married for 22 years and had two daughters together. The youngest, Alix, was still at prep school and after Mark’s death the family were desperate that she be able to remain at this particular establishment to enable continuity of care during a time when the family’s lives had been turned upside down.
Unfortunately, the family’s financial situation meant this was not possible, so Mark’s Commanding Officer asked The Soldiers’ Charity for assistance. We immediately made a three-year grant to ensure the continuity of Alix’s schooling; this was done before Mark was repatriated back to his family in Northern Ireland.
This commitment by the charity meant that Alix was supported until she finished prep school, thus ensuring minimal upheaval to her routine and education at such a tragic time.
Brenda is an Ambassador for our charity. She told us: “I felt humbled to be asked, to be able to give something back to the charity that helped me in my darkest days. My girls and I have to walk a very lonely road, but with the support of The Soldiers’ Charity, we know that there are people out there who care for us.”