A new project that sends out scale model kits to members of the armed forces dealing with post traumatic stress disorder has been set up near Newbury.
Models for Heroes is the brainchild of Bishop’s Green resident Malcolm Childs, who swung into action after learning that there was nothing of its sort in the UK.
The idea is that by concentrating on making the models, soldiers are given respite from any issues or memories that might be causing them mental health problems.
Malcolm, 40, set up the group in March and has received almost 200 donated model kits, more than half of which have already been sent out.
He said: “What scale modelling does and other crafts that require you to concentrate is they focus the mind so much that your body isn’t thinking about other things.
“So you can say ‘I’m going to sit down for five minutes and stick this propeller on this aeroplane’, then you look up and it’s 2am and you’ve finished it.
“All that time has gone past and you haven’t had any bad thoughts, you felt well and it gives people some respite and some useful coping mechanisms for their trauma and stress.”
Models for Heroes currently has four committee members and a handful of volunteers who are working towards securing it charitable status.
They also run modelling sessions, with one recently held at Tedworth House near Andover through Help for Heroes.
The idea for the project came from an American charity called Models for Troops, which offers a similar service in the United States.
Malcolm added: “People realise that it’s a very good cause, and it’s very easy for people to help by sending in kits.”
To find out more, go to modelsforheroes.co.uk.