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Published on Sep 4, 2009
The Mark Wright Project is a newly established National project seeking to raise funds to establish a DropIn centre on the outskirts of Edinburgh which will provide practical advice, educational information, leisure, recreation and social activities, and financial assistance for counselling and therapy services to anyone requiring advice, information and support in relation to combat/conflict trauma and stress. Image of Mark Wright
Corporal Mark Wright GC, of The 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA).
Photograph by kind permission of www.palacebarracksmemorialgarden.org
Introduction Our son, Corporal Mark Wright, 27, a paratrooper with the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment stationed in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan, was killed in action on September 6th 2006. Mark entered a minefield in an extraordinary attempt to save the lives of other injured soldiers, but sadly Mark lost his life during the incident. Mark was awarded the George Cross, one of the highest awards in the UK for acts of gallantry.
Although we are both devastated by the loss of our only son, we know that Mark would have wanted something positive to come out of this tragedy. Mark was a committed, dedicated soldier who loved being a Para, but most of all he loved the camaraderie. He would approve of his name being associated with a trust dedicated to helping other service men and women in overcoming not only the visible but also the invisible wounds of war and conflict.
We know that war and conflict are extremely stressful events, and that the life threatening events associated with combat often have detrimental effects on the mental and emotional health and well being of our serving men and women. Therefore the Mark Wright Project is dedicated to providing combat trauma advice, support and services to help people in overcoming post conflict issues.