On 7th February 2017 representatives from Just Rifles visited the Help for Heroes Personnel Recovery Centre at Phoenix House, Catterick.
Carol Fugler, Maria Gouveia and Lee Rider were there to meet CPL Martin Edwards (Ed) and see the innovative facilities provided at the centre.
Steve Stretford met them at Darlington Station and gave them a guided tour showcasing the various amenities available, which have played a huge part in the rehabilitation, and recovery of Ed and many other injured service personnel.
The recovery services are available to all wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families and are designed to “improve personal independence, raise morale and develop camaraderie alongside others living through similar experiences”.
Ed served for 8+ years in 5 RIFLES as an Infantry Soldier and his role was as a Sniper. On his 3rd tour in Iraq (2006), he was injured whilst driving a Warrior vehicle in Basra, which had been hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Ed suffered a severe brain injury, which has also left him with challenging physical issues. Ed is currently living in a Brain Injury unit in Leeds and visits the Phoenix House every week and where they try to arrange different activities for him to enjoy; this could be joining in the art therapy sessions or using our specially adapted gym. Ed requires 24/7 care and has to be accompanied by 2 x Resident Support Workers from his care facility.
Just Rifles has supported Ed in his endeavours by providing a laptop and are now assisting him with his computer course. He also produced the painting that adorned the front cover of our event programme for 2016, he enjoys painting and has produced various other pieces.
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