The Battle Proms is proud to support Combat Stress
While our events are very much a summer celebration, we are always mindful of the fact that music such as the Battle Symphony was written to commemorate a battle in which lives were lost, and that war continues today, in various guises, with the men and women of the armed forces still facing incredibly traumatic experiences. As a result the Battle Proms team decided to support the armed forces charity Combat Stress, who have been our charity partner since 2004. Over this time our audience has been overwhelmingly generous and through your kind donations and our own contribution from the concert’s profits, we raised over £47,000 for Combat Stress in 2016, taking the total raised since our partnership began to £287,663.89!
A very big Thank You to everyone who has donated on the night.
Every year a small but significant number of veterans leave the Armed Forces with complex mental health problems. Combat Stress provides free specialist evidence based clinical treatment and support to these former servicemen and women with mental health conditions.
They treat conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety at their treatment centres and also through their network of community teams. Most veterans who engage in the treatment programmes see a reduction in their symptoms and an improved quality of life.
Their work is as vital today as it was after the First World War when the charity was founded – during the last year we had more than 2,000 referrals.
To find out more, please visit combatstress.org.uk
Grayham is a 47 year old veteran who served with the Royal Marines between 1985 and 1992. He received treatment from Combat Stress during 2016.
“I used to think I was going mad. I had terrible nightmares as well as flashbacks. I knew I was getting uptight, angry and tearful about things for no good reason. I didn’t understand what was happening to me.”
After realising he needed help, his doctor suggested he contact Combat Stress.
“It took me three weeks to phone the Combat Stress Helpline – I cried every time I picked up the phone. Eventually I left a tearful message. It was really hard to do because I knew I would have to start saying things that had been buried for years.”
Grayham subsequently attended two residential treatment programmes at Combat Stress, including the six week Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Intensive Treatment Programme.
“Now I don’t sit there thinking I’m going mad – my brain is so much quieter. I understand what’s going on and know how to cope by putting into practice all the things I learnt at Combat Stress.”
The Battle Proms Team will continue to work closely with Combat Stress and support their vital work with veterans such as Grayham.