A Royal Marine who struggled through dark moments in his life after an injury forced him to leave the Corps has said that the Soldiering On Awards gives a huge ‘glow’ to all the finalists.
He’s one of six people or organisations nominated for the People’s Choice Award, all of whom have inspirational and emotional stories of serving their country and the Armed Forces community.
Dan Fielding has told how he reached the depths of despair after he was medically discharged with a spinal injury from the Royal Marines in 2008, following 11 years’ service with 42 Commando.
He then struggled to cope with depressive moments that made him become “someone I wasn’t” and ‘not the best dad in the world’.
He managed to turn his life around following an introduction to Cornish sailing charity Turn to Starboard in 2015, however.
The organisation helps veterans who are facing personal challenges of mental health or injury by teaching them to sail and help start new careers in the marine industry.
He is now urging as many people as possible to vote for the People’s Choice finalists as he says he sees a ‘glow’ inside from those the charity helps and says voting in the Soldiering On Awards gives every one of the finalists a little of that glow too, giving them a “pat on the back” for all their deserved efforts in supporting the Armed Forces community.
He told of his journey through the darkest times, suffering a kind of grief after leaving the Royal Marines, before turning his life around with the help of Turn To Starboard and going on to pass the ultimate sailing exam – Yachtmaster Instructor.