Students from Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies hosted a musical performance night for the Forces in the Community charity.

The event was Harvey Harrington’s idea, who also performed at the event.

As the son of the chief executive of Forces in the Community, Rick Harrington, Harvey has seen first hand the struggles of veterans

He said he wishes more people knew about what they [veterans] go through.

“They are vulnerable after coming back from war,” he said.

He believes the charity has achieved their main aim of helping many veterans become part of society again by acting as a communal safe space.

“Lots of veterans have suicidal thoughts which is why this charity is important,” he added.

A 2022 report found that 0.2% of veterans committed suicide.

Veterans’ Affairs Minister, Johnny Mercer, said there needs to be greater awareness and support available for this “overlooked group” in society.

The charity supports veterans, reservists and their families living in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Launched in 2010, the organisation delivers housing support, employment advice and welfare and benefits guidance to ex service personnel.

Many veterans say they often feel alienated after leaving their service, with many battling post traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Harvey said wanted to raise valuable funds as well as awareness to ensure people who have served the country feel supported.

Quinn Reed, a performer at the event, was happy to showcase her talent for a good cause saying music is the best way to unite people.

“Its easily the biggest community in the world you can get,” she said.

She admitted to being disappointed in the turnout at the fundraiser but hoped that the donations made would still be appreciated.

Forces in the Community say they have successfully managed many projects that help ease veterans back into society such as Helping Hands, Safety Catch and Veterans in Mind.

The charity also provides counselling from qualified psychotherapists.

  • 30% of veterans have disabilities after service.
  • 13-20% are diagnosed with PTSD.
  • 22% are diagnosed with depression.
  • 48,000 are either homeless or at risk.
  • 605 of veterans find it hard to ask for help.