Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
20 August 2013

Imperial War Museum adds Poetry by Injured Soldier’s Mum to its collection

Eleanor Broaders, a member of our Support Group for Families of Injured Service Personnel (FISP) has had a book of her poetry accepted into the permanent collection.


Imperial War Museum adds Poetry by Injured Soldier’s Mum to its collection

Eleanor Broaders, a member of our Support Group for Families of Injured Service Personnel (FISP) has had a book of her poetry accepted into the Imperial War Museum’s permanent collection.

Eleanor began writing poetry in her teens but found that it really helped her cope with her experiences whilst her son Kevin was away on operations in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. During his tour of Afghanistan Kevin suffered a seizure related to the pressure of the deployment and was later medically discharged. The long term effects for Kevin include ME, fibromyalgia and cognitive dysfunction such as short-term memory loss. Eleanor has since been supporting Kevin as his carer with assistance from SSAFA.

Eleanor recently compiled her poetry into a self-published collection – Run Fast, Keep Low. During a visit to the Imperial War Museum in Manchester she got talking to a member of staff about her book which led to it being accepted into the Museum’s collection.

Eleanor said: “I am really delighted. The book is the story of a mum and how war affects families when sometimes the families get forgotten about.”

Talking of the assistance she has received from SSAFA’s Support Group she says: “Kevin is classed as “moderately” disabled which means that he gets little outside help. It is a constant battle but having SSAFA there makes things so much easier. We can talk things through and take things forward so that other families don’t have the same struggle. Talking to other mums helps you understand. Whatever your issues the chances are there will be someone in the support group who can offer help or support.”

Buy Eleanor’s book online through Amazon - with proceeds going to SSAFA and other military charities.