Leeds duo meet with MPs for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder campaign

Louisa Rodriguez and Simon Buckden with Yorkshire MPs in London
Louisa Rodriguez and Simon Buckden with Yorkshire MPs in London
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A Leeds couple have completed a gruelling challenge to help raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Simon Buckden and his partner Louisa Rodriguez ran over 200 miles from Leeds to London as part of their mission to give PTSD sufferers a voice.

Simon, 41, was diagnosed with the condition in 2005 which was triggered by the nightmare scenes of what he witnessed during two tours of Bosnia in the mid-1990s.

The former Royal Signalman from Bramley, Leeds, was medically discharged from the army after nearly 12 years service in 2001.

After finishing their run the pair presented a book containing stories from people across the country who suffer from the condition to MPs and the Prime Minister.

They also addressed a Parliamentary group to campaign for better support for people who suffer from PTSD.

Louisa said: “It was just unbelievable and it was really emotional.

“Running from Sheffield to Nottingham was a real battle because it was uphill and extremely windy and I ended up running a marathon distance but it was just an amazing journey.

“It has just spurred us on more to do even more and we hope this is just the beginning.”

Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew met the pair, who founded social enterprise Positive Action for PTSD, at Downing Street.

He said: “I feel honoured to have been asked to help with their campaign to raise awareness of PTSD in Parliament.

“Their sheer determination to run all the way from Leeds to Parliament in one week is incredibly inspiring and Positive Action for PTSD is an extremely important new organisation which is much needed.

“Both Simon and Louisa spoke passionately of their own experiences with PTSD to the MPs they met today and it was incredibly moving to hear them speak.

“I wish them all the best in their future endeavours, they are doing such important work in raising awareness of this condition.”

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