- By Tess de la Mare
- BBC News
The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the founder of Wiltshire-based veterans’ charity Help for Heroes after his death from pancreatic cancer.
Bryn Parry died on Wednesday at the age of 67, the charity announced.
Mr Parry and his wife Emma founded Help for Heroes in 2007 after learning about the struggles ex-servicemen face in accessing rehabilitation treatment.
Prince William described him as “a life-affirming and inspiring man”.
In a tweet, the prince said he was “deeply saddened to hear that Bryn Parry has passed away”.
“A life-affirming and inspiring man, his work with @HelpforHeroes has made a difference to so many and his legacy will be his continued impact.”
Prince Harry also expressed his condolences in a statement posted on his own veteran’s charity, the Invictus Games Foundation.
“Today is a truly sad day for the military community as we bid farewell to a man who, alongside his wife, completely transformed the UK charity sector for the benefit of those who served,” he said. writing.
“His vision, determination and intelligence provided a lifeline to thousands of veterans, and their families, when they needed it most.”
Veterans Affairs Minister Johnny Mercer also paid tribute, saying Mr and Mrs Parry had “revolutionized veterans’ care in the UK”.
Plymouth MP Moor View added: “(Mr Parry) has inspired me with his unabashed determination to do the right thing for these men and women who serve.
“He will never be forgotten.”
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Mr Parry, who forged a career as a cartoonist after leaving the Royal Green Jackets, first set out to raise £10,000 for injured veterans with his wife through a charity bike ride.
Within three years, the couple, from the village of Downton near Salisbury, had raised £50million.
The charity’s chief executive, James Needham, said: “Without Bryn, this charity would not be here. Without him, more than 27,000 veterans and their families would not have received life-changing support. their life.
“Bryn helped change the direction of the nation and the way we view both military service and injured veterans.”
He added: “Bryn’s founding principles and his pragmatic approach of doing everything humanly possible to help our heroes remain at the heart of everything we do.”
Speaking to the BBC in 2010, Mr Parry said he and his wife felt there had been a lot of pent up public support for veterans who had no outlets.
“The problem was that people were preoccupied with politics and the rights and wrongs of wars,” he said.
“We said it wasn’t about the rights and wrongs of war, it was about a 22-year-old boy who had his legs ripped off.
“It allowed people to support the movement. It was just a humanitarian desire to do something, and not just sit there and feel helpless.”
Mr Parry’s cartoon company, Bryn Parry Studios, announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and would not be taking any new orders.
In a statement on his website, he said: “He is comfortable at home, surrounded by his family and rabid dogs!”
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