The Cobus Communications Group, established in 1991, are well recognised for their work to support voluntary organisations across the Yorkshire region, the Cobus Foundation – the charitable arm of the Hull and East Yorkshire technology firm, has provided support and fundraising for local charities and good causes since 2010. Cobus first chose Hull4Heroes as its nominated charity in 2018, offering corporate assistance, introductions, funding, and business acumen that has provided numerous benefits to the charity over their early years. Supporting the charity each year and recently announcing continued support throughout 2021.

After serving in the British Military for many years, once back home Hull4Heroes founder Paul Matson found himself adrift from mainstream society and struggling to adapt back into civilian life. After a period of suffering he ended up homeless until he found help, and with the support of the people around him managed to turn things around, get back to his family, and set-up a successful building business.

Paul’s experiences were the reason he jumped at the chance to be involved in DIY SOS Big Build in Manchester, where tradespeople, including ex-military, worked together to create a ‘Veteran’s Street’. On his return to Hull, he had the vision of creating a similar project here to help local veterans. He posted his thoughts on Facebook and was staggered at the feedback and the offers of help from the public and local businesses.

Fast forward four years and Hull4Heroes has grown from strength to strength, with a like-minded committee whose aim is to provide a structured support mechanism for our veterans. In addition, Hull4Heroes have recently had planning approved for the world’s first Veteran’s Village. A self-sustaining community providing transitional housing, training and support for ex-service personnel and their families. It will be a unique place to provide and empower those individuals that may require some extra help when adjusting to civilian life. The Veterans Village is being built on a 22-acre site of land, with one side embracing natural woodland and the other a residential village. It will also include a horticultural facility and visitors centre with a shop and café. It will be everything needed for those coming out of the forces and transitioning into civilian life.

Over the past 4 years, the Cobus team have got to know all the Hull4Heroes team and now class them as friends. As well as the support and coaching on a business level, many of the Cobus team have taken part in fundraising challenges such as skydiving, abseiling and cycling challenges to name a few.

Cobus MD, Michael Smith, commented “It has been a pleasure to have Hull4Heroes as the Cobus charity since 2018. Paul is incredibly inspiring but an unassuming kinda guy who we all have a great deal of respect for. The Veterans Village is an amazing unique project that will change the lives of our local veterans and we are very proud to play a small part in it.”

Hull 4 Heroes are now asking the people of Hull and East Yorkshire to get involved by helping to raise enough money to build the first house in this amazing village. On 16th November they launched the Veterans Village collection box initiative and so far, they have almost 300 boxes being filled but are looking for more people and businesses to register and start saving.

One-way businesses can get involved is to sponsor one of the houses and host of the larger collection boxes in their offices and encourage their employees to get involved. Raise enough money to buy the house, and it can be named after the business therefore leaving a lasting company legacy. Each of the 48 houses cost around £60,000 so this is an ongoing campaign that will build up throughout 2021.

If you would like to show your support by filling one of the boxes, please visit the website to order yours. If you are a business and think you can help in a bigger way by sponsoring one of the homes, please get in touch with Paul Matson or Helen Skinner on 01482 534483

To find out more about the Veterans Village please visit https://veteransvillage.co.uk/ or to find out more about the charity visit https://hull4heroes.org.uk/




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