DPF Branch Rep, Jimmy Louden recently completed the Facebook challenge of 22 press ups for 22 days to highlight the plight of ex-servicemen of which 22 commit suicide daily. Jimmy asked you all to sponsor him as an incentive to keep him going and between you all, raised £350.
What to do with the money?
After speaking to Karen (DPF Northern Secretary) she alerted Jimmy to a centre in Edinburgh which rehabilitates young soldiers who are amputees or suffer from other illnesses. Jimmy was a bit unsure at first, as £350 is, in the grand scheme of things not a great amount but after contacting the CO, a Major Del Hamilton, he assured me that the money would be greatly appreciated and needed.
On the 10th of November accompanied by Karen, Jimmy visited the centre and was met by the centre’s welfare officer a Captain DD Johnston, who proceeded to give them a talk on the centre’s function and a tour of the facility. The Captain informed Jimmy & Karen that the focus at the centre has moved from facilitating amputees to one of mainly dealing with mental health issues (PTSD), although there are amputees still there.
The centre is funded wholly by the British Legion and he also reiterated how vital donations such as these are. The money Jimmy raised goes towards new equipment (gym, computers etc) or more importantly trips away to the likes of Aviemore which takes the guys out of their environment and refreshes them mentally and physically.
“Your donations and help are much appreciated and hopefully will be continued in the future, Thanks again.”
“These boys have given their all and will have my continued support’”- Jimmy Louden
All at the Federation would like to thank Jimmy for all his efforts and generosity, as well as all those who donated towards such a worthy cause.
If you have any questions on the centre please speak to Jimmy or Karen.