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Charity will help former soldiers cope after trauma

Members of the boathousgroup charity in Fleetwood. From left: Capt Dave Eccles (chairman), Bev Bottomley (treasurer), Angela Eccles (vice treasurer) and Dave Jordan (vice chairman).

Members of the boathousgroup charity in Fleetwood. From left: Capt Dave Eccles (chairman), Bev Bottomley (treasurer), Angela Eccles (vice treasurer) and Dave Jordan (vice chairman).

A new Fleetwood charity is aiming to help ex-servicemen suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

The Boathousegroup was set up just a few months ago by a seven-strong group of trustees, some of whom are members of Fleetwood Lifeboat.

Its members have been moved by the plight of servicemen and veterans struggling to cope with traumatic experiences on the battlefront, many of who have battled drink dependency and suffered psychological problems.

Next month there will be a fund-raising grand charity ball at Blackpool’s Hilton Hotel on Saturday, March 22.

Fleetwood Lifeboat veteran Capt Dave Eccles, a retired P&O and Stena ship’s captain, is chairman of the Boathousegroup.

He said: “We have two projects at the moment. We have already raised £1,500 and have used that to buy 15 personal organisers which will take away the anxiety of dealing with paperwork and appointments; basically to keep their lives on track and on with recovery.

“The other project is a long-term one – we are trying to raise money to buy wooden eco pods – a kind of camping hut – where casualties can stay when they need to get away from everything.

“The Army is going to help us. For every one we buy, they will buy four. These pods cost approximately £5,000.”

The charity is specifically working with HQ 42 NorthWest Brigade, the regional Army brigade at Fulwood, which looks after the Army’s interests in North West England.

There they have been liaising with Lt Colonel Baz Heap (MBE) and welfare officer Steve Mawer, who have advised charity members about what the war casualties need most.

Other members of the Boathousegroup include another Lifeboatman, Dave Jordan, who served as a regular soldier with 2 Royal Green Jackets.

Dave, who is vice chairman, said: “Apart from ticket sales, we would be really grateful if any local shops could donate raffle prizes.”

Tickets for the ball cost £35 and are available on 07810 771000.

 

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