Wednesday, April 17, 2024

South Ockendon war veteran shows creative force

WITH seven people medically discharged from the Armed Forces every single day the need for support is growing faster than ever before.

Now 80 individuals, supported by military charity Help for Heroes, have featured at an exhibition in central London; to show the great British public how your support has made a difference and to demonstrate the importance of creativity in their recovery journeys.

Hughie Forsyth from South Ockenden in Essex exhibited four military models at the Creative Force exhibition in London and online. His exhibit, along with others from the East and Midlands, has also been on display at Colchester Recovery Centre recently:


The former Royal Engineer was medically discharged in 1997 following a spinal injury. He had served for 11 years in the High Risk Search Team and then in Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

Hughie has created military models since childhood and has since returned to his hobby as a means of dealing with his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He also has fibromyalgia.

“I found that making diorama models of incidents and engineering tasks a form of therapy processing. Some good and bad memories come flooding through. Making models focuses my mind and I’m in a better mood when I do art of any kind. I love making military models as realistic as possible to the finest detail. Activating my brain puts me in a relaxed state which helps to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression”.

Help for Heroes believes that those who have put their lives second deserve a second chance at life. Thanks to the Creative Force exhibition those supported by Help for Heroes can share their inspiring stories with the public.
In the last 10 years military charity Help for Heroes has supported over 19,000 wounded injured and sick Service Personnel, veterans and their families to find new direction, new passions and empower them to create new lives for themselves.

“I recently spoke with public visitors of the exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. I felt a huge sense of pride in supporting Help For Heroes by just showing what I love to do.


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