Fundraiser for an Army veteran known as Stoneman who is crafting Messages of Hope on the Southsea Waterfront

Graham, who is struggling with PTSD, anxiety and mental health, suffered a heart attack last year and brain injury from a severe assault.

The 46-year-old father, who served for 10 years in the Queen’s Highlanders, began creating posts earlier this year to ‘promote happiness’.

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Graham Culton Stone posts through Portsmouth.

But with Graham still struggling, the community now wants to give back to him.

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Southsea resident Sophie Telford, 31, decided to organize a fundraiser for Graham.

“During this lockdown, a lot of us enjoyed Graham’s art along the waterfront without really knowing the man behind,” she said.

Graham Culton stone posts through Portsmouth.

“ Graham is an Army veteran going through a rough patch so I think it would be wonderful if Portsmouth could come together and raise money to help him.

“His messages of hope put smiles on many of our faces.

“ I know he’s struggling financially right now and it’s good to give back to someone who spends hours writing their positive messages. He creates love hearts around the rocks for children to find right now.

So far, over £ 300 has been raised for Graham, who also has Asperger’s syndrome, with Sophie revealing that she has set a goal of £ 1,000 – although she has never met Graham.

Graham Culton stone posts through Portsmouth.

“I never spoke to him but I saw him write his messages. I texted him asking for permission to fundraise and he said he was “very grateful and happy that someone is doing this for him.” He sent me a thank you card.

“ It was a very positive response from many people who donated to say thank you. ”

Graham, who is currently hosted by the council, produced many uplifting messages, including paying tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore and NHS staff.

He left the military in 2003 after serving for 10 years, including in Northern Ireland.

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