Former soldier will raise funds at supermarket

Paul Welton
Paul Welton

A former soldier is holding an event to raise money for the charity which helped him recover from combat post traumatic stress.

Paul Welton, 36, of Caldecott, was in the British Army from 1992 until 1999. His experiences while serving on tours of the former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland left him suffering years later with a condition which left him housebound and experiencing terrible flashbacks.

Mr Welton received help with his condition from the charity Combat Stress and he’s keen to raise funds for the charity by holding an event at Asda in Rushden next Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2.

He said: “I will have a stand selling merchandise and have information about Combat Stress, a charity that saved my life.

“I am trying to raise awareness about veterans that have mental health problems due to their service, including combat post traumatic stress disorder which I suffer from.

“I will be giving out information on the signs of the disorder and other service-related mental health issues. I know there are a lot of veterans in the area that could be helped by this amazing charity, which is the leading charity in its field.

“I have met a few ex-servicemen from this area at the treatment centre that I attended.

“I am passionate about raising the profile about this organisation and to make veterans like myself aware that you are not suffering alone and there is help out there.”