Jonnie joined the Royal Marines in 2008 and worked as a Reconnaissance Operator with 42 Commando. He deployed to Afghanistan on Herrick 14 and on exercises to the US, through the Med to the Middle East and Bahrain.
During his deployment to Afghanistan Jonnie witnessed a number of IED strikes and treated friends in multiple incidents.
It wasn’t until 5 years later that he realised he was struggling with some aspects of his life which had a significant impact on relationships, self-esteem, concentration, his ability to focus on his job and emotional stability. After accepting he needed support Jonnie was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety having been exposed to multiple traumatic incidents whilst in Afghanistan.
Jonnie is looking forward to being part of a team again, and highlighting the impact invisible disability can have, and how he has overcome challenges since diagnosis:
“For me this challenge will offer something completely new and exciting. It’s going to be tough and will draw on each our strengths to succeed but the 65DN team is positive and driven and in turn reminds me to remain positive and driven in my own life.”
The team are undertaking this extreme challenge to raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity
If you would like to make a donation please visit our JustGiving Page and leave a message for the team! > https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/65dn