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Being part of the forces family again and getting involved with the Invictus Games process has provided former RAF Junior Technician David Anderson the “get up and go” to achieve his goals for both himself and his family.

He hopes the Invictus Games will hopefully allow him to reconnect with his family; something which has been missing since injury.

He said: “My partner said that I am not the same as when we met. She said the smile in my eyes has gone. I want to bring me back to both her and my children. I want to be the person I used to be. My physical injuries I manage, as much as I can, but I feel constantly lonely, sad and struggle to get out of the house. It is only recently I have come to realise how depressed I was due to how much better I feel when I attend things like training camps.”

During the past 18 months and with support from Help for Heroes, David now has the confidence to be part of a team again and improve his mental wellbeing.

He said: “Having my partner and girls with me at home during lockdown was so good. With all of the activities they used to do I didn’t see them much before, but lockdown gave us the chance to be together. I was so please to start training camps again as not only was the Invictus Games postponed, but the Rugby League World Cup was too and I was hoping to play for Scotland in the Wheelchair World Cup.”