Richard MacRae writes: Earlier today at The Old Cross in Stapleford members of Stapleford Community Group presented a cheque to Fishing For Heroes for £300.00
We first met Fishing For Heroes after they did a collection at The Old Cross, local lads John McGrath and Richard MacRae spent a while chatting with them. This lead to us hearing how they had helped another local lad and the great work they do.
After a Committee meeting members of Stapleford Community Group agreed to make them a donation.
Fishing for Heroes is a registered charity (1135355) which was founded in 2009. They are a nationwide charity based in Derby with the aim of helping forces personnel who are suffering from emotional issues after the horrors of active service.
They provide fully funded fly fishing courses and instruction as therapy for veterans and serving soldiers, seamen and airmen of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) combat fatigue or other emotional issues due to active service.
Research (Rivers of Recovery programme carried out by the Universities of Utah, South Maine and Salt Lake City VA) has identified that fly fishing is an effective therapy for PTSD, and has shown that a short course of instruction can result in a 20% reduction in PTSD symptoms. They have found that beneficiaries who have been through their courses experience a real release and an increased sense of self worth, helping to enable them to turn their lives around and contribute to society once again.
Any veteran or serving individual from any of the three armed forces of either sex can apply for our help. Although current campaigns are foremost in people’s minds, personnel from any era or conflict are eligible to apply.
‘Give a man a fish and you feed him today; teach him to fish and he can feed himself forever’
In these times, along with other charities they have far more individuals in need of assistance than they are presently able to help. They are constantly looking for people and ideas to help raise funds.
If you or someone you know could use any help and support then contact Paul on 01332 667966.
If you feel that you can or would like to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org