When we were approached this year (2014) by Blue Apple Heroes charity for crystals to help create a tranquil, inviting and relaxing environment for PTSD sufferers, we jumped at the chance!
As Blue Apple Heroes Charity was only founded in 2012, it is still in the early stages, and heavily relies on donations and support from anyone who can help.
Mark Smith is the founder of the charity, using his experiences, strength and determination to help others!
In 2010 an Ex Gunner/Paratrooper was undergoing treatment, at Combat Stress for Complex PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and combat stress.
Whilst being treated, the former Soldier wrote a simple poem called 'Blue Apples.' Those few scribbled lines went on to touch many hundreds of Ex Servicemen and Women, at all three of the Combat Stress centres. The proud Ex-Soldier who wrote that verse is Mark Smith. From this grew the Blue Apple Heroes Charity, helping others suffering from these often very complex conditions.
Blue Apple Heroes Charity supports and helps veterans, and their families, in the community with combat stress related illness and issues.
By meeting with veterans and their families in their own homes, look at what their needs are; then work on a plan how best to support them. This might be housing, counselling, employment, or just day to day living. They also arrange days out along with other like-minded veterans.
The drop in centre offers arts and crafts on a daily basis, with a fortnightly day out. They have a gardening programme, where able veterans go and do other disabled veterans gardens, or retired people's gardens.
Gifts and Guidance contributed healing crystals towards creating their relaxing garden. We hope the crystals offer the people who visit there love, support and cleansing in their journey to move forward with their futures.
You can learn more about the charity at their website or via their facebook page.