Heroes game for course at recovery unit

A Northumberland veteran is one of 12 students on a Help for Heroes course that could set them on the road to a new career in the open air.

Steve Johnson from Blyth has been spending one day a month either on a rural estate close to the charity’s Northern Recovery Centre in Catterick or in the classroom, learning valuable skills related to game conservation, land management and gundog handling.

Wounded, injured or sick former servicemen who successfully complete the whole course will achieve a City & Guilds Level 2 certificate in live quarry shooting.

The latest activity, entitled ‘Game to Eat’, included an introduction to fur and feathered British game plus the importance of food provenance, reducing food miles and game seasonality.

Steve has recently been medically discharged from the Royal Military Police after being diagnosed with PTSD, OCD and insomnia.

“To be afforded such an opportunity by Help for Heroes is fantastic. I have always been interested in the countryside and grabbed the chance to go on the Shooting for Heroes course,” he said.

Veterans can join the course by calling (01748) 834148.