Rolls-Royce job for wounded veteran after charity scheme

Veteran Simon Roxbee is now working at Rolls-Royce
Veteran Simon Roxbee is now working at Rolls-Royce

A wounded veteran who suffered from depression and anxiety has landed his dream job at Rolls-Royce with the support of a charity partnership.

Simon Roxbee, 42, of Shoreham-by-Sea, was introduced to Mission Motorsport after he contacted the Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds team for help dealing with his mental health.

Having completed a vocational qualification and counselling, Simon accepted a prestigious role as a vehicle analysis technician at Rolls- Royce, where he hopes to become an engineer.

Simon said: “This has been the most extraordinary period, and I feel very lucky, and thankful.

“It’s still a work in progress, but eventually I hope to find the place where I feel I truly ‘belong’.”

As a former vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Simon struggled with not being able to be with his family when they needed him most, serving in Cyprus, Canada and the Balkans.

He was referred for NHS counselling before starting the recovery sport programme, which included a four-day stewarding course at the Silverstone British Formula 1 Grand Prix in July.

Simon said the charities had been ‘hugely helpful’ in replacing parts of his life since leaving the forces.

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