A FORMER soldier who lives in a council hostel for the homeless in Ellesmere Port has raised more than £200 for the Combat Stress soldiers charity.
Ellesmere Port-born Fred Hulsman, 47, took part in a charity event in which 60 people raced around Lake Vyrnwy in North Wales.
He won the race and since then has been working hard raising further funds for the Combat Stress mental health charity so it can buy orthopaedic beds.
Fred, who was a Royal Irish Ranger for 15 years, said: “This charity is very close to my heart because the charity is helping me.
“They are helping me because I suffer from post-traumatic stress, and I am working hard, trying to get my life back together.”
Fred served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Gibraltar and went to the Falklands after the war.
After coming out of the Army in 1999 he became an HGV driver.
Fred relocated from Northern Ireland to Ellesmere Port in December last year.
Cllr Justin Madders said: “I would like to congratulate Fred on all his hard work in raising money for charity.
“And for Fred it is also important because the charity means a great deal to him personally.
“We owe a tremendous debt to our armed forces personnel.”