Registered Charity Number 1146420
Since 1944, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has provided a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their families in need. They give life-changing grants to individuals, alongside funding a wide range of partner organisations who assist the Army family. Their support is wide-ranging, covering anything from a stair-lift for a young injured soldier, to care home fees for an elderly WW2 veteran. They act swiftly and without fuss, aiming to provide support within 48 hours of receiving the request for help.
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ABF The Soldiers’ Charity ensures that people like John receive the support that they need. After joining the Army when he was 18 years old, John served in the Royal Engineers on back to back tours of Northern Ireland and later as a Reservist. He was recently diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which he attributes to this period of service. He lived with the symptoms of PTSD for many years; he was hyper-vigilant, anxious and found day-to-day life challenging.
In more recent years, John has been introduced to Finchale training college, a partner organisation of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The college offers focused support to veterans in the North East. During his time at Finchale, John began to find therapy in art and decided to apply for a three-year BA (Hons) degree course in Fine Art at Teeside University, specialising in sculptures. The Soldiers’ Charity stepped in to help John with a bursary to help him with living costs whilst he studies. He makes a 46-mile round trip to University for lectures and tutorials.
John finds his course both stimulating and rewarding. Having this creative outlet has been life changing for John, allowing him to forget about his worries and anxieties while he’s in the studio. John says: “It’s given me a new life which enables me to cope with the old one.”