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Nick Martin
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Day-to-day life should never be a struggle. Sadly, for many of those, we support this is the case… people like Nick.

Diagnosed only three years ago, the past 36 years of Nick’s life have been controlled by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.)

The former stores accountant with the Royal Navy spent most of his time at sea and saw action in the Falklands Campaign: “I was on the Atlantic Conveyor when she was hit. It’s the reason why I ended up coming to Help for Heroes all those years later.”

Approaching Help for Heroes two years ago, he credits the Charity in helping him have confidence in his ability to achieve:

“It’s opened up a new world to me. Everything I’d done before has been solitary. I wasn’t a social creature at all. I didn’t go out, I didn’t do anything. Suddenly I was getting emails to be involved with other people doing things.”

Art has been hugely beneficial to Nick, helping him to relax, focus his mind and manage his PTSD:

“I can spend hours with my thoughts just engrossed in what I am doing. It’s quite fiddly and technical and I must concentrate on what I am doing. While I am doing that my mind isn’t elsewhere. Giving me troubles. Or taking me to places I don’t want to go.”   

Every day, highly-trained individuals, like Nick, face an unknown future because they have been wounded, or they may have developed a serious illness whilst serving our country.

Help Nick and countless others who put their lives on the line for us have a second chance at life.

Life changing projects like Creative Force rely on public generosity. By donating today, you are enabling more wounded Veterans and their families to recover from physical and psychological injuries. 

"I can spend hours with my thoughts just engrossed in what I am doing."

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