Cause UK is delighted to be building on our experience working with support services for Veterans. Broughton House in Salford, is a care home for ex-servicemen and women.
As the Centenary of World War One fast approaches, it’s timely to be putting these causes on the frontline.
More British soldiers and veterans took their own lives in 2012 than died fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan over the same period. According to the BBC, the number of soldiers with PTSD has more than doubled in the past three years among those who served in Afghanistan. With 134,780 soldiers deployed to Afghanistan since 2001, and an increase in redundancies in the armed forces under government cuts, PTSD is an increasing time bomb.
According to campaign group Forces in Mind Trust, the cost of helping ex-servicemen and women who have problems adapting to civilian life could rise to £122million a year, an increase on £113.8 million in 2012.
Alcohol misuse has the biggest effect, followed by mental health issues, unemployment, family breakdown and homelessness.
Broughton House was established in 1916 in response to the casualties after the Great War and lack of hospital beds in the area, by Colonel Sir William Coates. It has to date cared for over 8,000 men and women from the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy.
The old mansion it’s based in has leaking roofs, and is generally out-dated, and the charity needs to boost its income to avoid its Veterans paying top-up fees, marginalising the poor. The need for its services is greater than ever. If you think you can help, do get in touch with us at email@example.com