Fiona MacDonald, Bravehound has been awarded a POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD by PM Theresa May
Fiona MacDonald, from Arisaig, Inverness-shire, is an opera singer and founder of the ‘Bravehound’ initiative, which matches veterans with companion dogs to support their rehabilitation and provide therapy for those diagnosed with PTSD.
Bravehound was voted as the UK’s best voluntary project at the 2017 National Lottery Awards and is a finalist in the 2019 Soldiering On Awards. Fiona also founded and runs ‘Glen Art’, a charity that helps people from military backgrounds return to civilian life through artistic events. Fiona was inspired to set up the charity in memory of her great aunt, a nurse killed on a hospital ship in 1918, and from regularly performing at commemoration concerts and events for military charities. ‘Glen Art’ has run a number of events to mark the centenary of the First World War, and supported ‘Theatre of War’ productions in 2015 and 2018, which invited veterans and serving paratroopers to watch performances of Greek tragedies to help facilitate conversations around PTSD and help remove the stigma associated with PTSD.
Fiona was presented with her award by Maurice Corry MSP, convener of the cross-party group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community.