In conversation with 72-year-old Dorothy Garrett, a committed Help for Heroes fundraiser, Mike Matthews talks about the moment that changed his life.
Mike was driving a Jackal – the lead vehicle in a convoy in Afghanistan – when he struck a device planted by the Taliban.
Knocked unconscious by the blast and coming back to his senses to find himself wrapped around the steering wheel, it was instinct for Mike, a Royal Welsh rifleman, to check he still had all four limbs, and there was no catastrophic bleeding.
He suffered physical injuries, but the effect on his mental health was greater, and he was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In their Facing it Together film, Mike and Dorothy share a unique bond as he talks about the explosion, the physical injuries he sustained, and the devastating emotional impact it had on his life.
In a thought-provoking and poignant conversation, the Welsh rugby player, now 30, thanks Dorothy for her support and talks about how her work and the support of others like her helped his recovery through sport, art and poetry.Volunteer for Help for Heroes