Please take a look at some of these testimonials that our wonderful MVCA participants have written for us.

We will update this page regularly as we grow. Thank you all once again for your continued support.

“I would like to thank MVCA for the great help and funding to enable my music creativity to start taking shape. Without their help I would still be struggling to be able to play the guitar because although I knew various chords I lacked technique and their help was just what I needed to carry on and progress. So thank you all.”

Terry Price

“The weekend in Salford for recording a song for MVCA was a great experience. I was more than a little nervous about meeting a group of new people in a new unknown environment. Suzie did a great job at organising a photo shoot and practice on the Saturday followed by the recording session on the Sunday. We have all come away from that weekend having made new friends…veterans and civvies.

To be able to support the MVCA is something we all feel strongly about and would love to see more veterans, Female and Male, come forward and join us for more adventures in and out of the recording studio!”

Temi

“Mrs Spider and I started talking to Suzie Stanford on Facebook; Suzie told us that she was looking for a number of HM Forces veterans and family members to take part in the recording of a song written from the words donated by veterans. The funds raised by this song will help to fund the work of the MVCA

We were invited to join all other attendees at a recording studio in Salford, Manchester.

Arrived on Friday 22nd and met Suzie and some others on the evening. Saturday Morning we assembled at the photo studio for a team building rehearsal.

Well what can one say, we soon found out who the comedians were, along with rehearsing the song we had a whale of a time and it didn’t take long for the military style banter to kick in, we soon had The Monkey, the Rock Ape, Rob the Dog, Alex the miniature Action Man and Martin and myself – MVCA’s answer to Morecombe and Wise. Suzie and I did our own rendition of a cuckoo (although mine was a little cheeky). The day went really well bringing us together as a team.

Onto Sunday; for most it was the first experience in a recording studio. We started recording the backing lyrics in pairs and then went onto recording solo, finding myself attempting to rap for the first time ever, along the way. Sunday evening for some of us was a social wind down back at the hotel. Once again, the humour kicked in and finished the weekend the way it started.

All in all, the whole experience was really good, occasionally nerve- racking but altogether we had a fun time all round.”

Mr & Mrs Spider

“I met some ppl nether new first time and we gelled like jelly for a cause that means same to us all add a grate weekend with every one that was there and be friends now for ever mvca is our home and ppl I met are my family now.”

John Peake

“As soon as we reached the hotel we found Mr & Mrs Spider staying at the same place.

Arriving for our rehearsal and photo shoots was amazing. Each and every member in attendance were supportive of each other and we soon delivered what we came for!

The recording session the following day was amazing and gave all to help create a fabulous track in support of The MVCA .

This is just the start!”

Martin Dalton

“The weekend in Salford for recording a song for MVCA was a great experience. I was more than a little nervous about meeting a group of new people in a new unknown environment. Suzie did a great job at organising a photo shoot and practice on the Saturday followed by the recording session on the Sunday. We have all come away from that weekend having made new friends…veterans and civvies.

To be able to support the MVCA is something we all feel strongly about and would love to see more veterans, Female and Male, come forward and join us for more adventures in and out of the recording studio!”

Lani

” ‘Telegram, Rest in Peace’ was a thought about when the Mothers, Wives etc received the Telegram telling them that their loved ones had been killed in action in WW1. It came from a personal story about my Gr Grandmother getting the news. With two young children and a third on the way. I had been drawing at the time, which helped with some personal problems. Go into my own safe world.

I was speechless when Suzie Stanford asked if she could use the words and put them to music. I knew Suzie was helping others through music and arts. She has given me back the confidence I had lost.”

Scooby

“A couple of months ago, I along with a few other veterans and civvies, got together in a recording studio to try and record and produce a song that would possibly help MVCA to help people with PTSD to cope.

I was totally out of my depth doing this but, I met that fear head on!  As, I’m in no way a singer, I now understand how nervous people get when they do this for the first time. I found however, that those veterans and civilians gave me confidence and I learned something about myself that I never knew existed.

 The song was “Stay Strong Be Brave”, a strange choice of words when I think about it. How will this help PTSD sufferers? I don’t know exactly, but I can tell you what it did for me; it showed me that if you meet your fears head on and deal with them by talking, it really does help! This may be a bit long winded but, I think that the MVCA can really help and those suffering can get their lives back. Maybe it’ll never come back one hundred per cent but, it certainly can help.

 

 I’d like the thank Suzie Stanford for her part in arranging everything for us and I hope that we can raise funds to make the MVCA do what it has been set up to do; and help sufferers of PTSD, especially veterans.

 Anyway, here’s to the song and I hope you like it guys! Thank you to everyone who took part in this adventure and helping me overcome my fears.”

Rob Gray