A few thoughts on a difficult day.

Today I will go today  to a funeral of a good pal John Coull who died of Cancer last week. It’s to be a celebration of John’s life and there are many pals coming from all over the UK to be part of it, we are to wear bright clothes, tartan if possible and I am sure there will be some tears and yet many laughs as we remember John as  the day goes on. John knew he was very ill but tried to lived his life to the full and we can take some joy in that.

The World is crazy just now with the tragedies in London and bad news round every corner, yet we must take faith from the amount of good people about. My heart goes out to John’s family and friends.

In London this week I fell for those in the Emergency Services  in  London  will have a terrible job to carry out over the next few weeks and my thoughts are with them. One good thing is that at least now Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is accepted as real and now after so many years accepted by the Establishment. It was good to hear the Firemen’s leader Dany Cotton, the service’s first female Fire Commissioner  saying we will have to look after our people for what they have been through. We have moved forward from my teams experiences at Lockerbie and the fight we had to get PTSD this accepted by the establishment, especially those in charge.. Words are easy to say but the Fire Service, ambulance and Police and the families need help and care in the hard years to come. Its time for the politicians to work together and forget their tribal allegiances and work for the benefit of those who need it.

There in my mind  huge problems in the UK just now so much as society struggles with those who have so much and those who have not.

The World comes across as a trouble place yet there are  so many good people are about and I pray that good can overcome greed before it is to late.

It will be  a difficult day for many today but far worse for those in London, my thoughts are with them.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to A few thoughts on a difficult day.

  1. Dougie says:

    Ptsd isn’t recognised by any ambulance service heavy….they put any subsequent absences from work down to sickness..nothing more. It’s political and cynical and deliberate. Apparently it’s up to the individual to make “Lifestyle choices”….to remain psychologically well. The alternative is to progress along a sickness at work policy that terminates people’s contracts.
    But all that aside, this is Johns day…a man who inspired so many, myself included with “life’s about moments, seize them when you can”…a truly sad loss.

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