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Former Royal Marine in new feat to raise funds for PTSD charity

Former Royal Marine in new feat to raise funds for PTSD charity


16 Sep, 2021

After conquering the North Coast 500 cycle run around the most northerly coastline of Scotland in October last year, Jonathan Thomson, who is in his seventies, has set himself a new challenge …

Raid ’21 is Jonathan’s latest adventure in support of Armed Forces veterans charity PTSD Resolution and involves a gruelling ride from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, via the French Pyrenees.

His new odyssey started on 6 September with a four-day warm-up ride to Luchon. After that, Jonathan embarked on the main event on 13 September, starting out by bike from Argelès-sur-Mer on what he plans to be a journey of eight days, weather and other conditions permitting, covering 1,000km and involving at least 40,000ft of hill climbs. 

As with his 2020 journey, his 12 days of mountain cycling this year are dedicated to supporting PTSD Resolution. Says Jonathan: ‘Put simply, too many of our veterans, of all ages, some stretching way back and some of those still serving, suffer the evil effects of PTSD. This wrecks their own lives and deeply affects the lives of their families and close friends. It is also a major cause of suicide. 

‘PTSD Resolution provides really well-developed treatments and runs itself as economically as possible, meaning that a very high percentage of donations raised go directly to fund treatment. As a rule of thumb, one course of six sessions, which can be life changing, costs in the region of £750.

‘Please help me support PTSD Resolution, and thereby help many men and women who continue to suffer from this condition.’

Like to donate?

If you wish to support Jonathan and PTSD Resolution with a donation, please click here to access the fundraising page

Why support PTSD Resolution?

  • Free help for veterans, reservists and families suffering from mental health issues
  • Confidential, no GP referral needed
  • Local help through a UK network of 200 therapists, and now online too
  • Effective treatment, mental health issues resolved in an average of six sessions
  • Prompt, easy access, with the first session booked often in days
  • Compassionate – clients do not have to talk about events in their past
  • Cost-effective, and available free to those the charity helps
  • Transparent – results are confidentially monitored and reported for clinical purposes
  • No one is turned away, including HM prisoners and those with addiction issues
  • Cobseo member, working with other Forces’ charities

For further information, click here

About PTSD Resolution

PTSD Resolution is a leading Forces’ charity providing free mental health therapy to traumatised veterans, reservists and their families. 

The charity’s expertise is in trauma resolution, delivering help through a network of 200 therapists nationwide, and now also online. Therapy is fast, effective and confidential. The charity has a unique ‘lean’ operation, with no salaried staff, premises or assets – funds are used to deliver the therapy and essential research.

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