The Royal Armouries pays tribute to the late Jimi Heselden OBE - Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley has paid tribute to Leeds’ businessman and philanthropist Jimi Heselden OBE who died at the weekend – describing him as a “true friend” to British soldiers overseas.

Lt Gen Riley, Director General and Master of the Armouries and himself a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, said,

“On behalf of everyone at the Royal Armouries I would like to pay our sincerest tributes to Jimi and to offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and close friends at this sad and difficult time.

Jimi was a great friend to British soldiers, both through his business enterprises and charity work with organisations such as Help for Heroes. Jimi was modest about his products’ effect on global defence, and fought shy of publicity, but it is true to say his ingenious investment has saved countless lives in every conflict since the first Gulf War.

Jimi was also great philanthropist and a major sponsor of the Royal Armouries Museum. His enthusiasm, generosity and great commitment will be greatly missed by everyone here.”

Mr Heselden’s company Hesco Bastion had recently sponsored The Observation Post in the Royal Armouries’ Museum in Leeds. The Observation Post features one of the latest modern defence systems, invented by Mr Heselden, known as Hesco Concertainers. These prefabricated systems allow troops to build a fortified position quickly, whatever the environment – and have been accredited with saving countless British lives.


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Royal Armouries
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