December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
A west Norfolk military charity has warned that it could be facing a closure which may cost lives.
King’s Lynn charity Bridge for Heroes only has enough funding to keep going until October and is urgently appealing for help from the public.
The organisation helps military veterans with issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), readjustment to civilian life and compensation claims.
Charity founder Mike Taylor said: “We deal with people who are going to take their own lives.
“People that come in to us are on the brink and we don’t want to let these people down.
“At the moment we have got enough money to last until October 1, which is only three weeks or so away.
“We are working seven days a week trying to fund raise and provide our service but we can’t do everything at once.
“We are hoping to raise £32,000 which would see us through to April.
“People give with their hearts and our problem is that we haven’t been able to shout out enough. PTSD is a difficult subject to talk about.
“Since the Falklands War more people have taken their own lives than were killed in the original conflict.”
The charity, which was founded in 2010, has carried out 5,200 half-hour support sessions since opening its Lynn contact centre two years ago.
Over the last two years 800 people have come through the contact centre and with an increase seen over the past few months.
Mr Taylor said: “When someone comes in to the centre we work out what their problem is, firstly, whether it is emotional or not emotional, like pensions advice or compensation claims.
“If they are suffering from an emotional problem, be it PTSD, readjustment or depression we find out the cause and if it is PTSD they get referred to Combat Stress [a PTSD charity] or the NHS.
“It takes time for them to get treated so the centre acts as respite for them in that time.
“If they need to they can come here everyday until they are treated.
“It can be six to nine weeks before they can be treated and we help support them through the stages until they can be seen.”
If you would like to support the charity you can contact it by calling 01553760230.