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Jonno01

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Hi. Hopefully this post is allowed on this page. I appreciate that for some it may also be a delicate matter but it is one I'm passionate about as for one I'm from a military family and live with PTSD, Depression and Anxiety tooI but I must stress not through serving my country as you guys have done or still do. Combat Stress is a Charity close to my heart and first came to my attention through one simple conversation with an ex Royal Anglian Nigel (Spunky) Seaman over coffee during which he shared with me his story and how going through Combat Stress they saved his life. That stuck firm. Nigel has gone on and founded Combat2Coffee a charity helping Veterans Mental Health by having chats over coffee within their various outlets in Suffolk plus signposting the various places to seek help and support.

I'm once again doing a Combat Stress Charity Challenge, this time in June 2022. It's called Race To The Tower and is a Double Marathon starting off in Stroud and finishing at Broadway Tower, hence the event name. Participants can either race/run/walk the full distance in one day or cover the distance over two days which is what I plan to do. As usual to make this Challenge even harder and to tie in with Combat Stress being a military based Veterans Mental Health Charity i plan to complete RTTT whilst carrying an Army Bergen weighing between 15-25kg as per the Army's Annual Fitness Tests. The exact weight will be decided nearer the time as it depends a lot on how my body stands up to the stresses and strains of training etc but the aim is for 25kg which is the weight Elite Infantry Units are expected to carry during Annual Fitness Testing. I will be Tabbing (Tactical Advance to Battle) which is a combination of fast walking and running. RTTT is the most difficult of the Threshold Event Series due to the total elevation of 7500ft climbed. I'm beginning training for this Challenge and I know once again that this is going to be very demanding both physically and mentally but I know that with your support I will achieve this and raise even more funds for this fantastic Veterans Mental Health Charity. I fully appreciate that we are currently in financially uncertain times and that for some donating to a charity just may not be possible and thats totally fine but if you can make a donation then please give whatever you feel able, no matter how big or small that money will make a big difference to somebody who is currently struggling with their Mental Health. We have seen a massive increase in to calls into the Combat Stress Helpline since the recent events in Afghanistan plus we are entering into a particular time of the year which is exceptionally tough for Veterans especially those with PTSD what with Fireworks Night just gone along with those memories surrounding Remembrance Day. As I say if you can donate then fantastic but I'm also fully aware that during this problematic season we are in then that just may not be possible and thats 100% understandable. You guys and girls who either are or have served our country I can only give my greatest appreciation and thanks for everything you have done, you've done the country proud and i for one couldn't be prouder of you all. Thank you!!!

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After being the third generation of my family to volunteer annually for the RBL, I transferred my loyalties a couple of years ago to Combat Stress – got fed up with the approach and attitude of the former.

That being said, was disappointed to trot along to the Guards Chapel on Wednesday evening (having missed an email) to find their carol service – a magnificent event in recent years at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, full house, wine and nibbles afterwards – was a limp antiseptic affair. Only about 20% of those who bought tickets turned up.

The Padre seemed to agree, when in his opening words he emphasised the infantry motto of: improvise, adapt and overcome.

The lady who received me at the front door was most embarrassed about the offering on the evening. The apparent lack of robustness from the organisers came as a disappointment.

Perhaps I am being unreasonable…
 

Jonno01

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After being the third generation of my family to volunteer annually for the RBL, I transferred my loyalties a couple of years ago to Combat Stress – got fed up with the approach and attitude of the former.

That being said, was disappointed to trot along to the Guards Chapel on Wednesday evening (having missed an email) to find their carol service – a magnificent event in recent years at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, full house, wine and nibbles afterwards – was a limp antiseptic affair. Only about 20% of those who bought tickets turned up.

The Padre seemed to agree, when in his opening words he emphasised the infantry motto of: improvise, adapt and overcome.

The lady who received me at the front door was most embarrassed about the offering on the evening. The apparent lack of robustness from the organisers came as a disappointment.

Perhaps I am being unreasonable…
I can fully appreciate your annoyance but having said that I did see posts concerning this event on their various social media sites. I'm afraid that that sort of thing is going to be rife at the moment with the government's lack of clarity as to what is 'safe' and what isn't. Having never attended the event I take it that the majority of those attending would let's say, be of the mature age group? I'd like to give the benefit of the doubt that many were just being rather cautious what with the media coverage of the 'new' Variant and it being Christmas in a few days time.
In my dealing with Combat Stress I've always found them to be on the ball with answering any questions I may have, keeping in touch as regards training as well as offering ways to help publicise anything I'm doing. Whether that is just the 'challenge' dept I really can't comment. Hopefully this recent bad experience won't put you off supporting what is in my mind a great Veterans Charity.
 
I can fully appreciate your annoyance but having said that I did see posts concerning this event on their various social media sites. I'm afraid that that sort of thing is going to be rife at the moment with the government's lack of clarity as to what is 'safe' and what isn't. Having never attended the event I take it that the majority of those attending would let's say, be of the mature age group? I'd like to give the benefit of the doubt that many were just being rather cautious what with the media coverage of the 'new' Variant and it being Christmas in a few days time.
In my dealing with Combat Stress I've always found them to be on the ball with answering any questions I may have, keeping in touch as regards training as well as offering ways to help publicise anything I'm doing. Whether that is just the 'challenge' dept I really can't comment. Hopefully this recent bad experience won't put you off supporting what is in my mind a great Veterans Charity.

It won’t put me off, but I found the absence of resilience to be disappointing.
One of my heroes was a supporter – the late, great Sir Tasker Watkins.

It was mainly the oldies who turned up. I didn’t want to make a pain of myself, so I didn’t query the precise reason for the 80% of no-shows – I am guessing the email they received put them off (the volunteer who greeted me, and spoke again afterwards, referred to it as “all a bit limp“).
 
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Jonno01

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I thought that the items I read were that the event was going to be scaled back so whether what you witnessed was that scaling back but whatever the reason let's hope that things are better all round next year. Anyhow have a great Christmas and 'onwards and upwards'
 

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