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- I spent two weeks in a coma having been blown up while on foot patrol with 2nd battalion the Rifles unit in Afghanistan. “The doctors told my family if I came out of it I would be left like a vegetable. When I got back to my hometown I was forgotten about by the Army. Keith and his family now volunteer for Beyond the Battlefield after he survived a Taliban explosion in Afghanistan that killed his interpreter. “I was walking along an alley and because I had a radio and antennae on my back I was visible above the wall,” he said. A guy on a motorbike detonated an IED (improvised explosive device) that had been attached to the wall. “I can still remember the explosion. My interpreter was killed immediately.” Keith spent two weeks in a coma and three months in intensive care. Doctors who initially treated him did not expect him to live but he defied medical experts to recover from his horrific wounds, although the mental trauma will never heal. “There were 87 men in my regiment who were seriously injured. We were all pensioned off and left to fend for ourselves,” Keith added. “I was in a really bad place until I found out about Beyond the Battlefield when I saw one of its stands in a shopping centre.” I had been to Combat Stress, British Legion and many others who did not help me at all……Keith
- Most people tell you what they think you want to hear: Having played rugby for the Battalion and being involved in an incident in Iraq 2007 and further service in Afghanistan, I needed 2 new hips. To treat this, I self- medicated with ibuprofen as medicals at the time failed to pick this up and therefore, I ended up severely injured due to a lack of care during Service. In my opinion they didn’t carry out their duty and as a result, I am waiting on an operation for new hips. Because of this I am now on 70% up from 30% thanks to Beyond the Battlefield. I contacted many charities but got passed from one to the other as a sign posting exercise. Beyond the Battlefield tackle veterans problems head on and deal with it until they have succeeded. Thanks to Annemarie and Rab for everything they did to help me. The Reserve Forces Compensation scheme is rarely touched, and members feel they can’t claim.Veterans comments
- I was suffering badly with PTSD and Beyond The Battlefield got me the help I needed. I am so greatly to the team for helping me get my life back on track. Beyond The Battlefield really go out of their way to ensure you receive the best possible treatment and it is important former servicemen and women get in touch at times of need.Marry Williams
Belfast | RAF
- Many thanks to the team at Beyond The Battlefield for their help and support. They were the shoulder I needed when no one else would listen. The help and support provided by Robert and his team has changed my life and I cannot thank them enough!Harry Campbell
Bangor | Army
- The guys at Beyond The Battlefield help me with issues that I was having obtaining financial support. The team were friendly and ensured I knew all the options available to me. I would recommend any former Armed Forces personnel to make contact!H.A Davidson
Newtownards | Army
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Thank you to BFBS Big Salute Campaign Awards Grant funding of £5,000 to Beyond the Battlefield.
Thank you to BFBS Big Salute Campaign Awards Grant funding of £5,000 to Beyond the Battlefield. This grant funding has been awarded to rent a room to offer A Veterans Meet Up Eat Up Club. We held a focus group in our Newtownards offices offering an open forum for debate around what Veterans wanted and…
A Big Dander Around Our Wee Country on the 100th Centenary Year for Northern Ireland.
Two Local Lads supporting Beyond the Battlefield Ards fundraiser, much needed services for PTSD/Mental Health. Over the past year due to the Pandemic no one has had a lot to look forward to and everyone is looking forward to the future with anticipation. Beyond the Battlefield were approached by two local men from East Belfast…
Vital funding awarded from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to Ards Veterans charity during Covid-19.
Beyond the Battlefield received funding from The armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust who where the Administrators for the Covid-19 Impact Programme on behalf of the Ministry Of Defence and the Cabinet Office following their allocation of Emergency Funding from DCMS and Her Majesty’s Treasury in response to the Covid Pandemic. Beyond the Battlefield in Newtownards…
Extra funding for service charities as veterans’ support is stepped up
Great news and recognition for our deserving Veterans….thanks to each and every one of you for your Service to our Country. Today the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) and the MOD have announced that 100 Armed Forces charities will benefit from nearly £6million of extra funding to support serving personnel, veterans and their families during…
National Lottery funding
Thanks to all National Lottery players for making our project possible. We’re making a huge difference to the lives of up to 600 Veterans per year & thanks to Awards For All National Lottery funding for supporting our project by funding of £10,000. The project funded is for Addressing PTSD during Covid-19. This is a…
Beyond the Battlefield receives SME News Award
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the SME News Best Veteran PTSD Support Specialists 2017. Click here to read the full article
BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD VISITS VETERANS MINISTER, TOBIAS ELWOOD IN WESTMINSTER
Thanks to Jim Shannon MP for Strangford and his dedication in supporting veterans in NI. Robert McCartney MBACP Chairman and Annemarie Hastings CEO where able to have a meeting in Westminster with the Rt. Hon. Tobias Elwood MP. Beyond the Battlefield have lobbied Government for some five years now in an attempt to gain support…
Sponsored Swim by Paul Hasting & John Whelan
Paul Hasting & John Whelan will doing a 50 mile swim in Ards Leisure Centre during the month of September. Paul & John will be accompanied by other veterans and will finish the swim in 4 weeks.
We are currently in the process of applying for funding to refurbish an open our Tri-Service Veterans Centre. In order to achieve our aims we need to show that there is a need and veterans support for the centre.
Beyond The Battlefield continually deal with homeless veterans and are very successful in acquiring temporary and permanent accommodation.
Beyond the Battlefield was formed as a Charity set up to look after the well-being of the ex-service community in both parts of the Island of Ireland. We concentrate on working with a group of counsellors in order to assess and treat Ex Service people who suffer with a variety of symptoms and problems that indicate they suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD) The Charity also performs a series of different tasks which will improve the lives of the ex-service community and their families. We work with Media Organisations and other Charities to enhance communications to enable the services to find their voice and make it heard.
Beyond the Battlefield will work closely with all clients to ensure they receive up to date and reliable information with regards to their individual rights and entitlements. We will work alongside other agencies to develop partnerships with Governing Bodies, Communities and Organisations to engage support and commitment for all the Services and their families.
We will treat all our clients and staff with respect and confidentiality. Every client is unique to us and will be treated as an individual as we strive to fulfil the requirements of the Code of Ethics laid down by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). We endeavour to make effective use of Best Practise to achieve the most successful therapeutic and organisational outcomes.
Our staff will be professional, courteous and willing to display a desire to assist on every occasion when in contact with our clients, their families or any of our publics.