Kirstie has a rare, inherited condition that impacts her mobility. We stepped in with a grant for a wheelchair so she could enjoy the outdoors with her family.
Kirstie’s husband served for six years in the Coldstream Guards, including two tours of Afghanistan. On his final tour, he was injured when two rocket-propelled grenades exploded behind him. He left the Army in 2012 and is now a self-employed gardener. The couple has six children.
Kirstie has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), a rare inherited condition that causes uncontrollable muscle spasms, migraines, sleep deprivation and fatigue. She suffered a serious fall several years ago where her leg completely separated from her hip, and was told that she may never walk or ride on her horse again. However, following a series of operations and through sheer determination, Kirstie is now able to walk short distances with the aid of a crutch.
Our charity provided Kirstie with a grant for an all-terrain wheelchair, which has vastly improved her quality of life. She is now able to enjoy the outdoors with her family and pursue her passion for para horse-riding.
Kirstie says: “My new wheels have kept my dream alive of riding again now that I am independent again. I really cannot thank you enough. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has been absolutely amazing in giving me my life back – the nicest thing is to be able to pick my kids up from school on my own. We can walk with our dog, go shopping and visit the woods. I had no idea there was a charity out there that supported the families of serving soldiers and veterans. It has really been a life-changer.”
Kirstie and her family are great supporters of our charity. Last year, Kirstie launched her own luxury soap business, Bath, Bubble and Fizz, and donates a portion of all sales towards our work for the Army family.