Our charity of the month for September is Help For Heroes, nominated by Nicola Simpson, who has a very special connection with service personnel badly affected by war.
Said Nicola: “My dad was an Army medic in the first Gulf War and when he came home he was a changed man.
It was only later that he realised he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), brought on by the things he had seen when over there.
Stresses of war
“You hear people talk about the stresses of war all the time, but we can’t really understand because it’s so far removed from our personnel experience.
Help For Heroes is a brilliant organisation that really does care and understands what people have been through and the best way to help them, which is why I chose to support them.
“If what we’ve managed to raise can go some way towards helping them I’m pleased we have been able to do our little bit,” she added.
A massive thank you
Trevor Fudger who received our £400 donation said: “On behalf of the charity I want to give the staff of Gladstone Brookes a massive thank you for raising this money and a special thank you to Nicola for choosing us as your charity of the month.
“Without generous donations like this we couldn’t do our job for the thousands of ex-service people and their families we help all over the country.
It’s not just the visible wounds that we care for, but also the mental scarring and PTSD that people like Nicola’s father have suffered and go on suffering.
Out of the spotlight
“To a certain extent we have fallen out of the spotlight because Britain isn’t involved in any major conflicts right now, but there are still people living with the after effects of conflict every day and it’s important that we don’t forget them,” he added.
If you want to know more about Help For Heroes and the work they do you can find out here.