Jubilee Sailing Trust was delighted to welcome men and women from Help for Heroes, Battle Back and Combat Stress on board its tall ship Tenacious as part of a special day of sailing during Cowes week.
Encompassing the aim of each charity, the day proved wildly successful with Jubilee Sailing Trust providing all of the aspects of rehabilitation that Help for Heroes, Battle Back and Combat Stress aim to achieve through their work.
Help for Heroes raises money to support the rehabilitation of injured Service personnel. Whilst raising awareness of the circumstances that face these men and women following their injuries.
Battle Back is a military initiative which encourages severely injured personnel from all three armed forces into sport and activity as a vitally important aspect of their rehabilitation.
Combat Stress provides dedicated, integrated and trauma-focused service for Veterans whose condition is complex, chronic and long term.
Almost all of the guests donned harnesses and joined groups at the fore mast and main mast to ascend the rigging. Everybody, without exception, made it to the first platform – 12 metres above the main deck, while some who were feeling slightly bolder made it up to the second platform, 23 metres above deck level.
Major (MAA) Martin Colclough, from Battle Back, described Tencious as, “…a huge rehab playground offering mental challenge, an element of risk and adventure, that enables the guys and girls to remain part of a military team.”
This was reflected in the feedback that Jubilee Sailing Trust received the next day, with Combat Stress getting in touch to say that their guests, “have yet to take a breath talking about it! Several of the men have said it was the best outing they have ever been on ....wonderful!”
Amanda Butcher, CEO of the Jubilee Sailing Trust said, “We hope that this will be the start of a strong relationship enabling the Jubilee Sailing Trust to work more closely with service organisations and support our injured service men and women on their road to recovery.”