Engineering Manager (RAF) & TETC Ambassador
Hi, I’m Craney, I first met Stu whilst he was serving at RAF Odiham and have known him for 15 years or so now. I’m still serving and fast approaching 27 years of Service during which time I have completed tours in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. As time goes on it becomes more and more apparent that guys don’t talk, I wanted to get onboard with spreading the word that ‘It’s ok to not be ok’ and to help eliminate the ‘man up’ culture.
I’ve supported Stu and TETC from the outset, albeit admiring their commitment from afar initially after finding myself in some dark places of my own. 2 years ago, I wanted to get more involved and stepped up my own commitment and pestered Stu about what I could do to help. Being in the twilight of my rugby career after representing the RAF at all levels as well as being capped by Malta, I had been looking for a few years to find something to do that would require the same commitment and focus. I committed myself to running the London Marathon, way out of my comfort zone but was pleased to report that in October ’21 I completed 26.2 miles around London and I raised nearly £3000 for TETC. Since then, I have worked closely with Stu, supporting the Tough Truck where I can and setting up a much-needed Peer to Peer Support Group in the South of England, which is going from strength to strength.
Tough Enough To Care is doing some amazing work promoting mental health awareness for men and encouraging them talk about their feelings. I am proud and will continue to be proud of my association with them.