A BOMB blast survivor gave a light-hearted talk in aid of the Winchester Wellbeing Centre, Solent Mind.

The event was hosted by creative studio Marmalade on Toast inside The Square Cafe, and saw veteran Simon Harmer entertain the audience.

After 12 years’ service with the British Army as a combat medic, his life was changed in 2009, when he incurred extensive injuries from an IED explosion in Afghanistan.

He shared his story on how with help and support, he has recovered.

Elizabeth White Ripley, head of wellbeing at Solent Mind, said: “An enormous thank you to Marmalade on Toast and The Square by Coffee Lab, both for providing the opportunity to hear Simon’s inspirational story and for supporting the Winchester Wellbeing Centre in helping to improve the mental wellbeing of people in Winchester and the local area.”

The Square also supported the cause with a donation of ten per cent of drinks sales.