Our aim is to erect a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to remember our fellow brothers and sisters, lost to suicide after they have finished their service for their country.
This has been a turbulent time for everyone in the UK and the toll of isolation on the mental health of many has been heavy. There are many for whom previous military service has left mental scars which have been exacerbated by the lockdown. These people need and deserve our help. Those who have fallen to their illnesses should and will be remembered.
It is our hope that our efforts will raise further awareness of the struggle of veterans suffering from mental health issues and encourage more to seek help.
In addition, the memorial statue will hopefully provide a place for contemplation and gathering for those affected by the loss of a friend or loved one through suicide.
With your support and generosity, we hope to raise the funds required for this memorial.
To raise funds for the memorial, we will be kayaking from Liverpool to London using the canal network and the river Thames.
However, it is with great sadness that we announce the postponement of the kayaking expedition that was due to start on the 1st April.
This is due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of what the situation will be by April. The safety of both our team and of those that we would like to support us, along the 280 miles route are paramount as well as all the places that we have planned to stop on each day.
This is only a postponement and by no means a cancellation. We plan to move the expedition to 19th-30th August as we think that we should all be in a better place by then. In the meantime, we will continue to fundraise and spread awareness, the best we can under the current climate.
Who We Are
Sgt Ed Mackenzie
24 years of service in the Infantry - Queens Own Highlanders, The Highlanders and 4 SCOTS
2 years Royal Signals (Reserves)
Cpl Dave Wood
14 years of service in the Infantry - The Highlanders and 4 SCOTS
SSgt Jon Greaves
30 years of service in the Royal Signals
Sgt Sean Ivey
15 years of service in 45, 43 and 40 Commando Royal Marines (Medical Discharge)
Veteran wellbeing coach for Finchale group
24 years of service in Royal Army Medical Corps prior, 3 years with 205 sc Field Hospital
Now veterans wellbeing and welfare navigator at Finchale group
Where will the memorial be?
The proposed site is the National Memorial Arboretum. The Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre for remembrance at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire. We have not yet commenced the memorial application process.
Who will design and make the memorial?
We are talking to a number of Stone Masons and designers to ensure we find that best possible solution.
The memorial will have 3 QR codes, 1 for each service with a digital record and bio for each service person being commemorated.
What help is there for ex service members to prevent suicide?
There are lots of charities offering help and advice to our fellow veterans.
Combat Stress provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.
PTSD Resolution provides counselling for former armed forces, reservists & families through a network of 200 therapists across the UK, specifically to address the issue of persistent trauma.
For The Fallen is a Social Enterprise and not for profit organisation. Their goal is to raise awareness and give a voice to the families left behind by military suicides.
SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, is a UK charity that provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependents.
ABF The Soldiers' Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund, is the national charity of the British Army. Since 1944, it has provided a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need.
The Bridge for Heroes charity was established in September 2010 to provide mental health and wellbeing support for the HM Armed Forces Community, veterans and their families.
Help for Heroes provides lifelong support to Service Personnel and Military Veterans with injuries, illnesses and wounds sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.
The Force in Mind Trust helps all ex-Service personnel and their families to transition into successful and fulfilled civilian lives.
Veterans gateway provide support for veterans & ex-forces, helping them to find the information & advice they need for healthcare, housing, employment, finances and more.
The Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Clubs (AFVBC) are a great meeting place to talk to fellow Veterans.
Where can you get help if you are having suicidal thoughts, and what can you do if you are worried about someone else?
Visit the NHS website for advice:
Or call the Combat Stress 24-hour helpline on 0800 138 1619 for confidential advice and support to veterans and their families.
What if the families of those honoured would prefer anonymity?
QR codes will be used so that no names are written on the outside of the memorial and can only be found on the digital list.
Elysium or the Elysian Fields is a conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults.
Admission was reserved for mortals related to the gods and other heroes. Later, it expanded to include those chosen by the gods, the righteous, and the heroic, where they would remain after death, to live a blessed and happy life, and indulging in whatever employment they had enjoyed in life.