On May 14th I will be falling from the skies, doing a tandem skydive with the Red Devils at Strathallen airfield. This is something Ive wanted to do for a long time but never plucked up the courage to actually go and book it. This jump was a christmas present from my children and given Patricks safe return from Afghanistan I thought it a good idea to make it extra special and raise some funds for a group I read about in a Sunday paper.
The article was about the work this organisation carries out, assisting ex forces personel recover a quality of life that slipped from them often as a result of post traumatic stress stemming from their experiences whilst serving in places like the Falklands, Gulf war, Iraq and Afghanstan.
I found the article reassuring as having listened to some of Patricks experiences I was seriously concerned as to how he could process these and the long term effects they could quite possibily have on him. The group deliver a short therapy course that works and enables men and women to come to terms and rebuild their lives for more information on their work click on this link
Patricks commrades from 45 commando make it back home today, this local press report made interesting reading another surprised and pleased me as it would appear Scotland is leading the way with regard to the aftercare of the men and women who have to readjust to some semblance of normality on return from what I can only imagine to be hell on earth at times.
So far Ive managed to raise a little over £500 in sponsorship and Im delighted but obviously would like to raise as much as possible. The monies will be split with another organisation called Honour our troops and here is the link for their group. This group is run by full time serving men and women who intend to hold a concert to honour the troops and raise funds for services charities.... http://troopsliveaid.ning.com/
Thanks for reading and if you would like to donate a little something it will be more than appreciated this is the link to my online charity fundraising page http://www.bmycharity.com/V2/main_V2.aspx?p=groupe