LOCAL HERO AWARDS: Carer's husband says 'I owe her the world'

LOCAL HERO AWARDS: Carer's husband says 'I owe her the world'

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 8:38am 20th January 2019. (Updated at 5:11pm 21st January 2019)

Lucy Tattingham from Harnham has been supporting James through a battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In March 2008, James was serving with the Army's Parachute Regiment when he was deployed to Afghanistan.

His active duty took its toll, and James was displaying erratic behaviour that eventually led to him being diagnosed with PTSD.

James and Lucy Tattingham family Local Hero Awards 2019
James, Lucy and their two boys

It was Lucy who made the call to Tidworth based charity Help for Heroes to start getting the help he needs.

She has also sacrificed a lot to care for James, in addition to their two young children, Felix and Alistair.

Lucy's now been awarded the Carer of the Year prize at Spire FM's Local Hero Awards.

James explained that Lucy has been a rock for him and their family:

"She has never stopped being loving or caring the whole time. She always told me I was a hero, but the truth of it is she's the hero! There have been many times she has saved my life when I have thought I can't go on anymore living with PTSD. For that, I owe her the world."

Carer of the year LHA 2019
Lucy and James Tattingham with sponsor Theresa Trevett

LISTEN:

Lucy described her shock at winning the prize:

She's one of 12 award winners at the ceremony on Friday night (January 18th) - read more about all the winners on our webpages.

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