The Veterans’ Foundation has awarded Combat Stress a grant of £5,000 towards its 24-hour Helpline which offers free, round-the-clock, mental health advice to veterans and their families…

Set up in 2011, the Helpline remains a vital source of support to the veteran community. A team of specially-trained professionals are available day and night to provide free confidential advice and support. They are on hand for those who are having a tough time, having trouble sleeping, experiencing flashbacks, feeling depressed or anxious, or just feeling that something isn’t quite right.

The grant to Combat Stress was made possible by players of the Veterans’ Foundation national Veterans’ Lottery.

Robert Marsh, Director Income Generation at Combat Stress, says: “We’re incredibly grateful to the Veterans’ Foundation for their grant towards our Helpline. When a veteran contacts our Helpline it is often the first step towards getting the help they need.

“It’s crucial that we raise funds for the charity to make sure we can continue being here for every veteran who comes to us for care, treatment and support.”

Many armed forces charities struggle to raise sufficient funding to support serving and former members of the British Armed Forces’ and sometimes their dependants who are in need. The Veterans’ Foundation was created to establish a new and nationwide source of funding to help these charities.