Don Hodgson, an ex-army Major from Lee-on-the-Solent, has been showcasing his photography at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House to show his work in progress towards his Photography MA with Falmouth University.
Don suffered a stroke seven years ago whilst serving in the British Army and has now turned his time to photography – something he has always been interested in – after becoming involved with Help for Heroes Career Recovery.
“Since I had a stroke my balance has been really affected, and three years back I was involved in a serious car accident which has affected my mobility too after breaking bones in my back and neck. Photography is great for me as I can take my time and it’s not too strenuous.”
Don says “Being a self-employed photographer allows me to work from home and within reason work my own hours. It’s significantly improved my wellbeing.”
Steve Sinclair-Day, Careers Adviser at Tedworth House Recovery Centre said: “Don has attended our Business Experience programme and from this has developed his skills, which helped him further his photography business. It was a pleasure to support Don’s exhibition, and see the tremendous progress he’s made towards an MA in Photography. I found his pictures quite inspirational, showing how our others have used sport to overcome their injuries.”
Don is passionate about telling the stories of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through photography, and his latest project is titled ‘The use of sport to aid the recovery of wounded, injured and sick veterans’.
To support Don and others like him please visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk