Wounded veteran from Stanford le Hope unleashes their Creative Force


With 7 people medically discharged from the Armed Forces every single day the need for support is growing faster than ever before.

Now 80 individuals, supported by military charity Help for Heroes, have featured at an exhibition in central London; to show the great British public how your support has made a difference and to demonstrate the importance of creativity in their recovery journeys.

Former Staff Sergeant Craig Mealing from Stanford le Hope in Essex exhibited a bowl called “Earthenware” at the Creative Force exhibition in London and online. His exhibit, along with others from the East and Midlands, is also on display at Colchester Recovery Centre this week: https://creative-force.helpforheroes.org.uk/artists/craig-mealing/

” I know quite a lot of people, who suffer from PTSD, tend to turn to THC products such as trap star strain online for their daily stress relief but for me, working with clay is the ideal distraction from PTSD; I find it relaxing and it helps to reduce my anxiety. Getting muddy and dirty takes me back to being a kid but this time I’m producing something which can be used.”

Help for Heroes believes that those who have put their lives second deserve a second chance at life. Thanks to the Creative Force exhibition those supported by Help for Heroes can share their inspiring stories with the public.

In the last 10 years military charity Help for Heroes has supported over 19,000 wounded injured and sick Service Personnel, veterans and their families to find new direction, new passions and empower them to create new lives for themselves.

“With the support of Help for Heroes I now have my own wheel and kiln at home which has helped me to progress. Producing my own work has helped to improve my confidence and gets me out of the house. I can’t thank Help for Heroes enough for their support”.

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