Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Amputee soldier presents picnic bench he designed specifically for people with disabilities to Help for Heroes recovery centre

18:48 11 February 2014

Former soldier Alex Stringer, a triple amputee who was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan, has designed a picnic bench to accommodate wheelchairs, which has been manufactured by leading social enterprise Realise Futures, where he has been working.

Former soldier Alex Stringer, a triple amputee who was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan, has designed a picnic bench to accommodate wheelchairs, which has been manufactured by leading social enterprise Realise Futures, where he has been working.

An amputee soldier has presented a picnic bench he designed specifically for people with disabilities to a recovery centre in north Essex.

shares

Alex Stringer, 23, lost both legs and a forearm three years ago after he set off a land mine while serving with the 23 Pioneers Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps in Afghanistan.

Now he works with social enterprise company Realise Futures, which makes recycled plastic outdoor furniture, and has designed a new picnic bench. Yesterday, he presented it to Chavasse VC House, the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester, to be used by recovering armed services personnel.

Mr Stringer, who attended treatment programmes at the centre, drew on the experience of his own disability to come up with an innovative design which allows wheelchair users to easily access and sit at the bench in comfort alongside abled-bodied people.

Following the company’s tradition of naming products after the person who designed them, the bench is called The Alex Bench. It will now go into production and be part of the company’s range.

Recovery centre manager Steve Schollar said: “Alex has inspired us all with his determination to recover, and to share his experiences and challenges with others as he went through the process. The Alex Bench is an inspired piece of design that will greatly enhance the practical and social facilities at Chavasse VC House.”

Mr Stringer is now working on a new design for a potting bench for Hedley Court, a Help for Heroes rehabilitation complex in Surrey where people recovering from their injuries are able to spend time in a therapeutic garden.

shares

0 comments

Antony Gormley statue at Aldeburgh Martello Tower.

A figure standing with arms folded will stare defiantly out to sea from the battlements of one of Suffolk’s coastal fortresses for the next 12 months.

Ambulance called after child on bike hit by car.

A child has been taken to hospital with minor injuries after being hit by a car this morning.

Peter Tryon, left, receiving a long service award, on his 30th anniversary as director of music, from Bishop Clive, the former Bishop of Dunwich.

In three decades, retiring Bury St Edmunds church organist and musical director Peter Tryon has seen things change drastically.

Top chef James Martin at the launch of his new eatery at Stansted Airport.

Restaurants are investing in something different for their outlets at Stansted Airport.

Thurston Community College Principle Helen Wilson.

schools in Suffolk are set to have more than 100 spare places for Year 7 pupils this September, new figures have revealed.

Despite living in Moreton Hall, Bury, Graham West has to vote in Rougham.

A bizarre boundary issue means six households on a Bury St Edmunds estate can no longer vote for their local candidates.

Crimes will be investigated thoroughly, say police

Police in Suffolk say crime recording methods are “transparent” after new figures revealed nearly 2,500 allegations have been withdrawn or logged as “no crime” in two years.

Wenhaston village sign

Planning chiefs have been advised to green-light a heritage railway attraction in a nationally important area of Suffolk countryside despite local opposition.

The illegal extension at 3 Lane Cottages, Mistley, before it was eventually demolished.

A north Essex council has been granted court permission to sell a man’s house to cover legal costs following a six-year planning battle.

Colchester General Hospital is preparing to open their new Radiotherapy Centre.

Maternity services in north east Essex have been awarded almost £375,000 to make improvements.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages