Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has leant her support to a Kirkby woman who is embarking on a walking fundraising challenge to raise awareness of PTSD among ex-military and civilians.
Sarah Morris (32), is walking the 66 miles from Edinburgh to Glasgow non-stop in aid of the charity Who Dares Cares.
The charity was set up by two former Scottish soldiers and has been developed to support people from all walks of life with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sarah, who herself has suffered from PTSD, is hoping that Armed Forces Day this weekend will help boost awareness of the condition and how it can affect people who served in the military and civilians who have gone through traumatic situations.
A team of 22 walkers will set off from Edinburgh on August 11th and arrive in Glasgow approximately 30 hours later.
Sarah, a mum of two, said: “Everyone walking either has PTSD or directly knows someone who has PTSD – some are soldiers and some aren’t.
“We have Veterans United Against Suicide on board with us and we have a piper for when we set off.”
Gloria said: “This is a great challenge for a fantastic cause.
“Armed Forces Day has become a really important event for celebrating the contribution our servicemen and women make, but we must not forget that not everyone returns from fighting for their country unscathed.
“Mental health issues among ex-military are common and complex, so this is an excellent way of raising awareness about PTSD and its effects.”