Published On: Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015 on 12:45 pm

‘Life with PTSD is a rollercoaster’: Halifax soldier to ride for Help for Heroes

A veteran soldier from Halifax, West Yorkshire, will be taking part in a national cycling challenge to raise money for charity.

Paul Wilson Help For Heroes Ride

Paul Wilson.

Paul Wilson, 29, will be taking part in Hero Ride 2015, Help for Heroes’ flagship national challenge taking place in June this year.

Paul served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for 10 years until 2012, when the onset of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder during his final tour left him suicidal.

Back home he would stay in bed for days and even began self-harming.

His wife Vicky called Help for Heroes who invited Paul to come to Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Wiltshire.

“Life with PTSD is a rollercoaster”

Paul said: “Every day is a recovery day but Hero Ride has given me something to focus on and look forward to. For those going through mental trauma, a physical challenge can be an excellent form of therapy.

“Life with PTSD is a rollercoaster, it’s full of ups and downs. But Hero Ride will be a massive high and it’s my way of saying thank you to Help for Heroes for all it has done for me and many others. I hope others sign up to ride alongside me.”

Cycling alongside wounded heroes, thousands of supporters will be riding from the four points of the compass, including start points at the Recovery Centres (Tidworth, Plymouth, Colchester and Catterick).

The charity hopes to have 2,000 riders coming together at Runnymede Air Forces Memorial near Englefield Green, one of the largest WW2 Royal Air Force memorials, who will ride together towards the Windsor Racecourse.

For more information about the challenge, please visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk.

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  1. Phil says:

    as ex forces & with PTSD having served in the Gulf & then a bad RTA I can relate to Paul’s roller coaster. Now as a reg mental health I understand the impact of PTSD.
    It will take a lot more to sort out the years of not understanding , the effect on family & friends, as well accepting events rather than with negativity
    Wishing paul well with everything

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