THE father of a soldier who died tragically after suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disoirder has vowed to fundraise indefinitely to help pay for mental health treatment for former forces members.
A walk is being planned in memory of 23-year-old Ashley Clarkson in a bid to raise cash and awareness for those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Ashley, who had been in the Royal Logistics Corps and had completed a tour of Iraq, was diagnosed in 2009 but received no treatment. He died at home in March.
And as the planned 16-mile hike between Crich and Mansfield continues to attract interest, Ashley’s father, Wayne (45), says it is important to keep the issue in the public eye.
He said: “If we can get the money together to get counsellors for these soldiers, we will keep doing the fundraising every year.
“We do not want to take the risk of the Government turning round and saying there is no money.
“There’s got to be something there for them when they come out of the army.
“The MOD should be offsetting millions of pounds for this. If we stop, people might think this problem has gone away, and we don’t want that to happen.”
Wayne, of Titchfield Avenue, Mansfield, also insists that greater communication is needed between the Armed Forces and civilian doctors.
The walk between Crich War Memorial to Mansfield War Memorial at Carr Bank Park is planned for 29th July.
Anyone wanting to join the walk is being asked to email Wayne on firstname.lastname@example.org to register or to donate log onto www.justgiving.com/Wayne-Clarkson.
Free transport to Crich on the day is being offered by Mansfield’s Glenn Ryder Coaches.