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Paul

Paul

Serving during the conflict in Northern Ireland, Paul thought he knew what strength was. But when his time in the Army came to an end, and the symptoms of PTSD took hold, he had to find a different kind of strength: the strength to rebuild his life with his family.

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Read Bob and Katherine's legacy story

Read Bob and Katherine's legacy story

When World War Two veteran, Katherine Cubitt, passed away in 2018 she very kindly left a gift to us in her Will. Katherine’s son, Bob, learnt how legacies like his mum’s help our wounded heroes. Read Bob and Katherine's story.

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Read Nick Steele's legacy story

Read Nick Steele's legacy story

Nick Steele was a Broadcaster with the British Forces Broadcasting Service, and toured alongside the British Army in Kosovo, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, the Falklands and Iraq. Nick was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read Nick's story about why he decided to leave a gift in his Will to Help for Heroes, and how he did it.

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Spencer

At just 38 years old, Infantry Officer Spencer Bull was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As his condition deteriorated, Spencer eventually had to give up the career he’d given 30 years to, and for the last two years he’s been confined to a wheelchair. His MS brings daily challenges for both him and his family, but with your support they find the strength to face them, together.

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Mark E

In 2007, Derek lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. Shortly afterwards, he met Mark – our Chief Advocacy Ambassador who has been with Help for Heroes since day one. Since then, Mark’s witnessed how the Charity has helped Derek battle back and achieve the unimaginable.

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Ana

One day in 2007, Ana received the knock on that door all military families dread. Her husband, Derek, had lost both of his legs when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Beside his bed when he awoke from a nine-day coma, Ana had to take picture to show him the extent of his injuries. In an instant, their lives changed forever, but the pair have faced 14 years together, since the injury, to overcome all odds.

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Derek

Double amputee Derek was serving in Afghanistan in 2007 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. When he awoke from a coma nine days later, he knew that life for he and his wife, Ana, had changed forever. Together, they have learnt to adapt and overcome so many challenges.

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Paul

Paul

Aged 17, Paul joined the Army as a physical trainer - it was all he ever wanted to do. He never imagined an injury to his ankle would lead not just to his medical discharge 17 years later, but to the decline of his mental health as he struggled to come to terms with the loss of his military identity.

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Louise

Bruce’s wife Louise has been by his side throughout his recovery journey. Bruce, who served in the army for 16 years, lost both legs below the knee due to injury. But as Louise explains, his determination means he doesn’t let it get in the way of living his life.

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