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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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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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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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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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Bruce, who grew up in Zimbabwe before joining the British Army in 2000, lost both legs below the knee following injury. Yet his extraordinary ordeal has given him, in his own words, a “new lease of life” – as he explains.

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Michelle P

Michelle’s dream job as a paramedic in the RAF turned into a nightmare when horrors from the battlefield led to flashbacks, nightmares and an eventual diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She lost her home and her career, but in her own words describes how she found the resilience to battle back.

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Morgan was five years old when her father, Mark, was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. Losing the use of his right arm, and left battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Mark was medically discharged. Desperately trying to regain control of his life, he worked long hours, spent his spare time in the gym and spiralled into a depression.

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Army veteran Mark's life changed forever when his vehicle hit an Improved Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. Losing the use of his right arm, he became angry and frustrated – the result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) triggered by the blast. But he’s rebuilt his strength, both physically and mentally, through the power of sport.

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Andy Shuttleworth

Andy Shuttleworth

Veteran Andy Shuttleworth explains how our newly adapted online offering has been a “godsend” both to him and others, especially during this second lockdown.

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