A book that brings together the moving and inspirational stories of bravery displayed by 28 recipients of the Victoria Cross (VC) and George Cross (GC) will be supporting veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress…

On Courage: Stories of Victoria Cross and George Cross Holders will be published later this month, and £2.70 from every sale will go to Combat Stress. The money will support the work of the charity in helping former servicemen and women with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Stories in the book include accounts of people who risked their lives to defend comrades. Each story is introduced by public figures, from Bear Grylls, Joanna Lumley and Sir Bobby Charlton to Eddie Redmayne, Dame Kelly Holmes and the late Sir Ken Dodd.

The book is from The Sebastopol Project, a charitable endeavour aimed at inspiring the public with the stories of the diverse and courageous acts of men and women awarded the VC and GC.

Robert Marsh, Director of Income Generation at Combat Stress, said: “Each year we receive 2,000 referrals from former servicemen and women dealing with trauma-related mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. Without amazing fundraisers, we wouldn’t be able to provide this life-changing support.”