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Days In The Lives Of The Soldiering On Awards People's Choice Finalists

With less than a week remaining until voting closes for the Soldiering On Awards People's Choice prize, we've taken a look at why each...

Turn To Starboard Soldiering On People's Choice Awards finalist 2018

With less than a week remaining until voting closes for the Soldiering On Awards People's Choice prize, we've taken a look at why each finalist has been nominated.

Forces Network has taken a look at those up for the gong - but now we want you to see first-hand what their work involves.

Just click on the videos below to find out what a day in the life of a People's Choice finalist looks like...

 

Dan Fielding managed to turn his life around following an introduction to Cornish sailing charity Turn to Starboard in 2015.

The Royal Marine veteran says he reached the depths of despair after being medically discharged with a spinal injury in 2008, following 11 years' service with 42 Commando.

The organisation helps veterans who are facing personal challenges of mental health or injury by teaching them to sail and help start new careers in the marine industry.

Just click above to take a look at them in action...

 

 

The Invictus Games Choir has helped wounded, injured and sick (WIS) veterans and serving personnel to sing in a group, in public, as part of their recovery.

Organisers say the therapeutic benefits of singing are similar to those gained from participating in sport and being given the opportunity to sing with like-minded people who've been through similar experiences can help to recapture the camaraderie of the military.

Members of the choir have sung in a number of amazing venues, from Twickenham to Canterbury Cathedral.

And they're not past spreading a little festive cheer to the civvy community either - click above to see them singing for commuters at Tottenham Court Road tube station over Christmas!

 

 

Eight years into a career as a gunner with the RAF Regiment - and having seen tours in Germany, Northern Ireland and Cyprus - Luke Delahunty faced having to rebuild his life at just 24 after a motorbike accident left him paralysed from the chest down.

He has since helped inspire young people facing the same diagnosis, however, after letting go of his anger at having his career cut short.

Luke's been selected to the UK Team for the Invictus Games twice, has cycled to Paris, been on scuba diving and skiing trips - and as of last year has been relearning a new sport.

Just click above to watch...

 

Services To Film is a 100% veteran-owned company which provides ex-service personnel with employment as extras in the UK film industry, whilst at the same time raising funds for service charities.

It's given work to more than 700 veterans - working on films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Fury - and has paid them almost £400,000 so far.

The company has also provided tank crews for Fury, starring Brad Pitt, drill instructors and military drummers for Testament of Youth, and former fast jet pilots to advise X-Wing 'pilots' in Star Wars on how to act more realistically.

Just click above to watch behind-the-scenes GoPro footage from when its veteran employees helped to deliver the cast of The Expendables 3 to the film's press launch at Cannes Film festival in BTR-60 armoured personnel carriers - and see if you can spot a famous face!

 

 

The Not Forgotten Association was formed in 1920 to provide comfort, cheer and entertainment for injured service personnel.

It aims to enable veterans and service personnel to get together to share stories, open up about their struggles and share coping strategies.

The charity has been nominated by a Gulf War veteran who suffers from physical ailments and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their service.

Just click above for a glimpse of the organisation at work at its Christmas party last year...

 

The Venture Trust's Positive Futures programme supports ex-service personnel who are struggling with the transition to civilian life.

It's helped people like Jim Gardiner, who had a successful career with the Royal Corps of Signals before being knocked down a "deep dark hole" of depression and anxiety after the breakdown of his family and death of his brother and father. 

Too afraid to leave his home, Jim finally got his life back after being referred to the Positive Futures programme. 

Just click above to find out how it gave him the helping hand he needed at just the right time...

Cover image courtesy of Turn to Starboard via Twitter.

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