This year weâ€™re hoping to raise lots of money for charity through our charity arm, Challenge SGM. Challenge SGM was set up by Luke to encourage people to take part in challenging events by providing information and funding. The idea is that with the organisation taken care of, people will be able to raise more money for charity.
This year weâ€™re focusing on raising money for Combat Stress, which is a very worthy cause. This charity was founded in 1919 in order to provide rehabilitation to men returning from World War One with shellshock. It has been nearly a century since, and Combat Stress have supported more than 100,000 veterans in that time.
Combat Stress provides professional mental health services free of charge to British forces veterans. They are currently supporting over 5,200 ex-Service men and women, including veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Combat Stress treats mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety disorders. Their services include short-stay clinical treatment at treatment centres in three locations around the UK, a national Community Outreach service, a specialist PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme, a liaison team for the Reservist community, and a 24-hour helpline (0800 138 1619) for veterans, serving personnel and their families.
Weâ€™re planning to take part in a number of events this year including the KM Assault Course Challenge in October, and weâ€™re definitely open to suggestions as to what other events we can do. Challenge SGM is open to anyone so if you want to get involved drop us a line. As a warm up, we took part in the National Lottery Anniversary Run in the Olympic Park. It was an amazing day and weâ€™re really proud of our medals. The run got us raring to go for the next event.