Veterans at Ease is a leading Military Mental Health Charity, committed to helping Veterans, Reservists, Serving Military Personnel and families deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related issues. The charity was founded in 2007 by former soldier Garreth Murrell who suffered from the devastating effects of PTSD 14 years after he returned from Military Operations in Bosnia. Having been suicidal whilst trying to deal with it himself, he discovered NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and in time found that it resolved the psychological effects of his experiences. His passion for life increased and he realized he could help other veterans who are struggling with life after the military and trained as an NLP psychotherapist. Garreth’s treatment was very expensive, so one of the reasons for forming the charity was to provide the same NLP therapy totally free and offer support by trained therapists.
An application was made to the Benevolent Committee of the Freemasons of Durham for a grant to help with the funding of this life saving therapy.
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Durham being one of over 7,000 organizations that have signed the Armed Forces Covenant , making a public pledge to demonstrate support for the Armed Forces community were only too happy to support this worthy cause.
Martin Rankin representing the Freemasons of Durham visited the charity’s Gateshead shop and was delighted to meet with Chief Executive Officer and Lead Psychotherapist, Garreth and present a certificate to go along with the £5,000 grant awarded to the charity. Garreth and staff were overwhelmed with the generosity of such a large and much needed donation and were proud to display the certificate in the main window for all to view.