A VETERAN used his fitness business to help ex-service personnel in need over Christmas, by setting up a foodbank and clothing donation point.

Alex Berezynskyj, who was medically discharged from service, opened Combat Fuel Fitness Ltd at Basepoint in Portway Industrial Estate in November.

The venture, which was started with the aim to help other medically discharged personnel, went one step further over the festive season.

Alex decided to use his business to help collect items for homeless veterans, in conjunction with charity Homes 4 Heroes.

Alongside the collection of food items and clothing, the fitness centre was open on Christmas Day, asking only for a donation towards collection.

After the collected items were donated to the charity, Alex said: “We did it — thank you for each and everyone of you who donated. Look at what you all achieved for our homeless veterans. Over 20 jumpers, T-shirts, shirts, gloves, hats, hand warmers, masses of food, and much more.

“The charity Homes 4 Heroes does it all, they run a mobile soup kitchen, food bank plus housing for veterans so every single donation will be used and gratefully received.”

Alex is driven to support fellow veterans, especially those struggling with their mental health.

He said: “It’s OK not to be OK, I know it’s a topic going around, but it’s true. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who understands, and talk without being judged. And even if you don’t want to talk, you can come here for a session — exercise releases endorphins, they can make you feel good. It’s not a complete fix, but it’s a start.”

Alex’s wife Kyrie added: “He’s had his ups and downs due to PTSD, but every time he’s taken a knock back he has come back stronger.”