Around Ealing October 2018 | Page 30

BEFORE YOU GO An Ealing-based organisation that supports permanently injured and psychologically scarred former military personnel by organising trips and activities for them has been backed by Ealing Council. M Road to recovery otorsport Endeavour was set up 10 years ago, in 2008, by Ealing resident Graham Raphael. It relies entirely on contributions from the public and donations from organisations and companies. It works with charities such as Combat Stress and Help for Heroes and with veterans who are struggling to adjust to their new circumstances, back personnel in civilian life with an damaged in injury to contend with. mind or body.” Post-traumatic stress Graham Raphael with Several disorder (PTSD) is not Julian Bell regimental ties uncommon, either. have been sent to From blinded veterans Mr Raphael in tribute to driving rally cars to badly the work he has done with veterans – wounded soldiers doing go-karting, a rare honour. A typical testimonial from those taking part make lifelong an injured veteran sent to him reads: friendships and build their confidence. “I used to be such a proud, strong man but this horrible condition has ‘MUCH IS SNATCHED AWAY changed me and taken so much of my THROUGH INJURY’ confidence from me. The experience on Mr Raphael said: “Much is snatched the day made me feel my confidence away through injury and, frequently, growing with every lap I completed and independence and determination are for that I thank you with all my heart.” replaced by a lack of self-confidence. Through participation in the car-related THE NEXT BIG ONE activities of Motorsport Endeavour, the The group’s next big excursion will aim is to help the recovery of service 30 around ealing    October 2018 take a group of injured ex-personnel to France in November. Council leader Julian Bell has pledged a contribution of £2,000 towards the cost of the trip. Councillor Bell said: “The work Graham does through Motorsport Endeavour clearly makes a huge difference to the former armed forces personnel who take part in its activities and some of the testimonials he has received are very moving. Ealing Council signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2013 committing us to providing support to military personnel in the borough, and I am pleased we were able to help with Motorsport Endeavour’s latest project.” Read the full story at features/motorsport-lifeline