Phoenix House, the recovery centre at Catterick, hosted a fundraising fashion show in October 2014. The recovery centre provides support to the wounded injured and sick service personnel and veterans, some of whom were volunteer models for the night.
Martin ‘Ed’ Edwards was one of those veteran models. He was seriously injured during his third tour of Iraq and sustained a severe brain injury when the Warrior vehicle he was driving hit a roadside bomb.
Ed had been a sniper with the 5th Battalion, The Rifles at the time of injury. He now lives in a brain injury unit and requires one-to-one care.
Ed moved many of the audience to tears when he was helped from his wheelchair and assisted to walk down the catwalk by his carers and Sgt Mike ‘Pouch’ Artis – Ed’s commander of the Warrior.
Ruth Moore, Senior Welfare Advisor, and Beth Perry from our Court of Protection department, were proud to show their support that evening.
“With a couple of clients in the show, we were delighted to support the event and it was wonderful to see Ed enjoying himself”, said Beth.
“It was a great opportunity to support this and other charities”, said Ruth. “We were really pleased to be able to donate a number of tickets to FANDF (Families with Additional Needs and Disabilities Forum) and to the SSAFA mentors.”
“It was great for the volunteers of those charities to see Phoenix House and meet some of the amazing staff who work there.”