Fortitude Lodge, No. 6503 and Combat Stress

W Bro Goldthorpe (r) presenting cheque on behalf of of Fortitude Lodge, No. 6503

Led by its WM and Charity Steward, W Bro Commander Mike Goldthorpe, BEM, RN, PProvGSuptWks, Fortitude Lodge, No. 6503 has raised the magnificent sum of £5,000.00 in support of Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health – combatstress.org.uk

Through a number of social events, collections, raffles and donations the money was raised during W Bro Goldthorpe’s year as WM.

It was raised in addition to the Lodge’s contribution to the Middlesex 2020 Festival where it gained top honorifics

Combat Stress was W Bro Goldthorpe’s chosen charity in recognition of the outstanding work it does for the Services community in the field of mental health and sits very well alongside UGLE’s recent declaration of support for the Armed Forces by the signing on 20 October 2021 of the (Armed Forces Covenant).

The Lodge’s donation was acknowledged by Combat Stress emphasising that £5,000 could help fund one of its specialist group programmes, giving veterans the essential tools they need to manage emotions and the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) enabling them move forward with their lives.

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

Founded in 1919, it has provided support to veterans from every Service and every conflict.

Its support is vital to those who turn to it at their darkest hour.

For many, this is years after leaving the Armed Forces – on average it takes a veteran 14 years to ask for help after leaving the Service.

That help focuses on complex mental health problems such as PTSD, anxiety and depression.

The Charity aims to treat veterans’ symptoms, improve their quality of life, tackle their past and take on the future.

The work it does is life-changing and often lifesaving.

Specialist teams carry out this unique work all of whom work closely together with each other and the veterans to develop a treatment plan best suit their needs.

Combat Stress directly employs its own clinical staff to provide its highly specialised treatment at centres in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Treatment is available online, in the community, through outpatient appointments and on a residential basis when required.

As part of its fundraising activity, Combat Stress held a magnificent Dinner on 14 October 2021 at 1 Great George St, Westminster, at which W Bro Goldthorpe (on the right in the photo) was pleased to present the donation cheque.

Congratulations to W Bro Goldthorpe and all the members of Fortitude Lodge No 6503 on a tremendous fundraising success.

Ed: Thanks to W. Bro David Pearson PProvGSec for the edit.

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