The object of the charity is for the public benefit to relieve charitable need and distress of persons who are serving or who served as members of the armed forces and their families and dependants, in particular those experiencing poor mental health, including by reason of bereavement, in particular but not exclusively by provision of information, advice and support and by establishment and maintenance of a memorial to those who have died by suicide after having served as members of the armed forces.
The charity plans to offer an informal reactive mentoring service which will, in effect, be a ‘coffee and a chat’ offering.
The charity will be clear with beneficiaries of such mentoring that mentors are not offering a professional service and are a listening and conversational exchange in relation to the pressures veterans face outside of service.
Much of the benefit of the mentoring system is to provide a sense of comradeship that is lost when moving from active service to civilian life and provide someone to talk to.
Mentors will signpost to specialist and crisis services where appropriate.
Edward Mackenzie - Chair
Edward Mackenzie has served 27 years in the British army, 24 years in The Highlanders and is now a Reservist teaching recruits at the Army Training Unit, Strensall. He has been on 14 Operational tours and has had a varied career across many countries and experiences. He is also an army ski instructor. He set up the Elysium Memorial Foundation after losing another fellow Veteran to suicide, last year. He has lost over 17 friends that he served with. He would like all Veterans from all three of the Armed Services, that have taken their own lives, to be remembered on a memorial at the National memorial arboretum. The Elysium Memorial.
Michael Mackenzie Hon LL.D - Trustee
A wine merchant for 21 years followed by becoming Director of operations for Scottish European Aid. Paralysed and lost both legs in an incident during the war in Bosnia in 1993. Since then, a trustee of a number of charities mainly related to disabilities. Proud father of Ed whose idea this memorial was!