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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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Our Sports Recovery Manager, Hannah Lawton, is passionate about the role sport plays in the recovery journeys of our wounded. Here she explains how it helped veteran Michelle P overcome her battle with PTSD

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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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Dean, a veteran himself and now a Physical Development Coach, helps others find their strength after injury. He explains how he helped Mark Tonner, who lost the use of his arm in an explosion, find his.

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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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For years, the symptoms of Simon’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder left him feeling as though trapped in a dark tunnel. Now on the road to recovery – and having discovered new focus through a love of photography - he can see the light at the end.

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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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Mark Hepworth

Mark Hepworth, 42, served in the Kings Royal Hussars for 23 years before being medically discharged in 2017 with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD).

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Alex Lovett

Alex Lovett - Our Team

Alex Lovett is our Occupational Therapist. Alex helps veterans find practical ways to overcome some of the limitations caused by their illness or injury.

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Stephanie Shaw

“I already found sleeping difficult. Lockdown made it worse,” says RAF veteran Stephanie Shaw. “My home and work-life blended together and there was no escape.” Our online sleep course helped Stephanie tackle the underlying anxieties affecting her sleep. “The pandemic has been awful for those suffering with poor mental health. Thank goodness for Help for Heroes.”

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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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