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Hannah Lawton Sports Recovery 2020

Hannah Lawton - Our Team

Hannah Lawton, our Sports Recovery Manager, is passionate about the role sport plays in the recovery journeys of many of our wounded veterans.

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Simon Nicholson 2020

Simon Nicholson

Former Army Private Simon Nicholson suffers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Before the lockdown, he was learning to manage his symptoms. But as the lockdown took hold, his mental health took a downward turn.

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Claire Barnes

Claire Barnes

Thanks to Claire Barnes, our Head of Grants, veterans who have needed us more than ever have received everything from food baskets during lockdown, to help getting to medical appointments as it starts to ease.

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Lucy Graham

Lucy Graham

Lucy is our Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters Fellowship Manager for the north, which means she’s normally based at our Phoenix House recovery centre in Catterick, organising face-to-face events all year round for veterans and their families across northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

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Stuart Nicholson Help for Heroes Volunteer

Stuart Nicholson

Help for Heroes Volunteer, Stuart Nicholson, talks about overcoming crippling knee problems and how he has continued to support the charity.

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Phil Hall

Phil Hall

Since our recovery centres closed, Phil Hall and his team have worked tirelessly to ensure our very seriously injured (VSI) veterans continue to receive vital support.

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Dom Lovett

Dom Lovett

For some of our most seriously injured veterans, the lockdown has meant overcoming complex challenges. But thanks to you, we’ve been able to help them continue to get the support they need in these uncertain times.

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James York 2020

James York - Our Team

James York, a counsellor from our Hidden Wounds team, explains the issues veterans are struggling with as the result of coronavirus, and how we are making sure we're still here for them.

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Sean Ivey 2020

Sean Ivey

Throughout lockdown, regular video calls with our Hidden Wounds team helped former Marine Sean Ivey cope with the heightened impact of his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “I feel more prepared now for bouts of low mood and negativity,” he says. “Without support from Help for Heroes during lockdown, I would not have got through it in the way I have.”

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Michelle Turner AFD

Long before the lockdown began RAF veteran Michelle Turner knew what it was like to be isolated at home. Contracting a life-changing virus whilst deployed in Bahrain, she became afraid to leave the house.

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Jonathan Mitchell AFD

Currently shielding at home, former Army sergeant Jonathan ‘Mitch’ Mitchell has found recovery through the power of sport.

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Major Andy Kerr

Major Andy Kerr

Some of the men and women we’ve supported have recently stepped up to serve our nation in the fight against coronavirus. Major Andy Kerr, who is a serving soldier with the Royal Engineers, is one of them.

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