Richard Bland

Bland, Richard: - Richard was born in Birmingham in 1958 and owns his own successful soft furnishing and upholstery business. An avid photographer, it was his skill at aerial photography that drew the attention of staff at RAF Valley in Anglesey. Over the years, Richard formed a close bond with the aviation team, providing stunning photographs of jets in action through the Welsh mountains and further abroad. The trust, respect and relationship with members of the RAF team grew and Richard involved himself in their fundraising and promotional activities. Tragically, in April 2013 Richard's son Andrew committed suicide. This devastating loss was compounded by the silence which surrounds the issue of suicide and the taboo of male mental health. Whilst trying to cope with his own grief, Richard became acutely aware of how poor mental health affects members of the Armed Forces, with RAF crew talking about their struggles with depression, anxiety and suicide. Richard started to Read More chevron_right