Wounded, injured and sick serving and veteran personnel have retuned a week skiing as part of their on-going recovery programme.
Veterans from Help for Heroes Plymouth Naval Service Recovery Centre joined with serving personnel from Hasler NSRU, the Royal Navy’s rehabilitation unit within Devonport Naval Base, to learn to ski or improve their skills as well as using the time away to refocus their minds.
The activity received funding support from Help for Heroes and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).
Dominic Smith, a veteran from the Royal Engineers who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, said of the trip: “This was just what I needed; a chance to hang out with the lads and do something like when I was serving. This is what I miss most and it’s so much better than being sat in a room not doing much.”
Serving Able Seaman Matt Keylock has a traumatic brain injury which affects his ability to control his limbs on his right side. He was told he would find skiing difficult, even though he had skied before. He said: “This was extremely frustrating and over the first couple of days I left the slopes thinking it was going to be impossible. However, with continued help from my physio and instructor, I was able to achieve more than I thought possible, linking turns, able to control my speed, and use a poma button lift. I want to ski again. It gives a great sense of freedom and achievement”.
Help for Heroes is the leader in delivering Recovery for our Heroes and their families. In the past year alone the charity has put on 300 sporting events across 50 different areas enabling over 1,800 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports.
The work that Help for Heroes is doing in Sports Recovery is only made possible through donations from the amazing people who support the charity. To donate or sign up to a challenge including the upcoming Hero Ride cycle challenge visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk.