Veterans Raffle to the Rescue

Published on 11 December 2018

Veterans Raffle to the Rescue

A donation from Veterans Raffle to replace stolen equipment from one of Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing’s emergency mental health response cars.

Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing currently have four response vehicles to deal with mental health crises. They provide an invaluable service that’s available to veterans across Norfolk and Suffolk who experience an emergency mental health crisis outside of regular working hours.   

Luke at Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing, explained: “Military veterans often live on their own, without friends or family nearby. Many don’t currently hold a Driving Licence due to the medication they’re taking. Sadly, were they to call through to the NHS with a mental health crisis, they’d often be deemed as low priority. Also, living in a very rural community, it’s not always possible for them to get a taxi at 3.00 am.

“The job of our out of hours’ response car service is to battle the risk of suicide. Having had a vehicle vandalised recently, the donation from Veterans Raffle came at just the right time. It’s allowed us to hit the ground running, replace stolen equipment and continue to provide the out-of-hours’ service to veterans in need in some of the remotest parts of East Anglia”.

What’s crisis support for veterans?

With just under 400 people under their care, around 1 in 10 are referred to the emergency out-of-hours’ service. They currently receive 30 to 40 calls every night and make 7 call-outs a week.

Every individual who visits the Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing centre at Ketteringham Hall in Wymondham is given an initial assessment and has a safeguarding plan put in place. This considers whether they have friends or family around them to help and respond to an emergency situation. Sometimes, even with friends and family close by, individuals still struggle to cope.

A fully-equipped response car – carrying everything for out-of-hours’ emergency mental health care in a rural area – costs between £26,000 and £28,000. The equipment stolen was worth £1,600 and the response vehicle sustained excessive damage from the forced break-in.

Each kit includes:

  • Blood pressure equipment
  • Equipment to maintain airways if there has been drug or alcohol misuse
  • a defibrillator
  • A shovel
  • Blankets 

Help Veterans Raffle to provide more funding support

Walnut Tree Health and Wellbeing is in desperate need of another vehicle to meet the needs of the people they care for but, for now, the re-equipped emergency response vehicle is an excellent helping hand. With your help, Veterans Raffle could provide further donations to Walnut Tree and other small charities who also need cash injections. Join Veterans Raffle today to help us help our heroes.

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