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Armed forces veterans unveil their Creative Forces in Lochgelly Centre this month

Around 30 injured and sick veterans, service personnel and their families from across Scotland will have their work showcased at the Lochgelly Centre.

Organised by Help for Heroes, all the exhibitors are members of the charity’s peer support networks Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters.

The networks’ coordinator for Scotland Gerry McGregor put together the exhibition, which runs from August 31 to September 14.

Gerry, who lives in Auchtermuchty, said: “Those who have served our country and their families experience struggles that some of us will never understand.

“Recovery from physical or psychological injury takes time and there is no one size fits all approach.

“Some may benefit from a physical programme, such as sports recovery, while others find creativity eases the daily struggle of living with pain, depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder.”

Among the exhibitors is Julie Martin-Davy, 40, from Glenrothes, whose husband Mark was injured in 2009 on a training exercise while serving with the Royal Signals.

Mark suffered lower spinal damage which has resulted in him being in constant pain and needing to use a wheelchair, which has also impacted on his mental health.

Julie, who works part-time as a retail supervisor, is Mark’s carer when she isn’t working, and art is her only respite.

She studied graphic design at Fife College.

“I did dabble in art over the years but, once Mark was injured, I didn’t have time,” she said.

“However, the training I had at college has stayed with me and I still have an eye for things.

“When Mark is having a bad day, it drags me down too, but I have to stay positive and cheerful for him, which is exhausting.”

In 2017 the opportunity to design a Christmas card for Help for Heroes reignited Julie’s love of art and gave her confidence to use her talents again.

She was then selected to exhibit in a national Creative Force exhibition in London in 2018 and is pleased to be part of the first show north of the border.

 

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