Injured Lancashire soldier wants to help other war veterans

CHARITY: Rick set up A Soldier's Journey

CHARITY: Rick set up A Soldier's Journey

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A war hero who lost both his legs in an horrific bomb blast in Afghanistan wants to help other veterans suffering from mental health problems.

Sgt Rick Clement was left unable to walk or father children following the explosion in Helmand Province five years ago.

IN ACTION: Sgt Rick Clement served with the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

IN ACTION: Sgt Rick Clement served with the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

Former Clitheroe Grammar pupil Rick, 35, set up his charity – A Soldier’s Journey – to raise fund for other injured servicemen and women.

Now he wants to offer ex-personnel help to overcome trauma suffered as a result of serving on the frontline.

The charity is aiming to put on educational talks in Blackpool for people left with post traumatic stress disorder or depression as a result of their service.

He said: “The talks will show how your brain works and what causes the feelings of trauma and depression.

We hope to be able to share coping methods and lots of other information with people.

Sgt Rick Clement

“We hope to be able to share coping methods and lots of other information with people.

“There will be refreshments and it will be a good chance for others in a similar situation to meet.”

Rick, who now lives in South Shore, suffered his injuries while leading a foot patrol with the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.