Combat Stress Volunteers
Coningsby personnel joined a group of volunteers from ‘combat stress’ to man a stall at the Battle Prom Concert at Burghley House in Lincolnshire in July to help raise awareness about the charity and carry out some valuable fund raising activity.
Combat Stress delivers dedicated treatment and support to Ex-Service men and women with conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety disorders. Since 2005 the charity has seen a 72% increase in demand for their specialist services caring for Veterans’ mental health.
Five representatives from the Combat Stress Charity were joined by RAF Coningsby staff: Sergeant Jonathon Jones, Corporals Jon Neal and Graeme Hodgson (all who work within the Logistics Squadron) and Mr Tony Redgrift from BAE Systems. The group inflated balloons and gave out stickers to children as well as offering t-shirts, books and pens etc for sale, proceeds of which went to the charity.
The volunteers walked through the crowd of over 2,000 people with their collection buckets, accepting donations on behalf of Combat Stress during the Battle Prom Concert, which Burghley House billed as: ‘ground-shaking, breathtaking pyrotechnics and displays, a superb array of classical music guaranteed to make you wave your flags, sing out loud and even waltz under the stars!’
Combat Stress Volunteer and Community Fundraising Assistant, Faye Waters said: “Even though the weather wasn’t great, the team managed to collect a fantastic amount of money, beating 2010’s collection by £552.30.” She added: “We really couldn’t have raised £3,130.14 this year without the help of the team from RAF Coningsby; their help has been invaluable – I do hope they all enjoyed the evening and will be interested in volunteering for next year’s prom.”
More information about the charity is at: www.combatstress.org.uk