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Darwen amputee veteran gets freedom back on D-Day

Lancashire Telegraph: Veteran Dave Wild tries out his ramp. Veteran Dave Wild tries out his ramp.

A GULF War veteran confined to his home after los-ing a leg has regained his freedom, thanks to a local firm.

Dave Wild had the lower half of his left leg amputated after it became infected following complic ations after surgery.

And he was left devastated, having been told it would take the council three months to measure, and install, a ramp at his home in Delphinium Way, Lower Darwen.

But Darwen firm WEC stepped in, and apprentices made, and fitted, a steel ramp within 48 hours, installing it on D-Day.

Mr Wild, who is married to Anna, said: “I was really chuffed with it. Being trapped in here was like being in a posh prison, and I couldn’t get anywhere.

“I could just go from the kitchen to the living room, and back.

“As soon as they put it in, I was up and down it. It was like I got my freedom back. And for it to be fitted on D-Day was quite poignant really.”

Mr Wild, who served for 10 years in the Army bef-ore being injured during the Gulf War in 1992, was given just four hours notice that his limb was to be removed.

The United Utilities sub-contractor, who is also vice- chairman of the Darwen branch of the Royal British Legion, was left wheelchair-bound and unable to climb the stairs in his own home.

Blackburn with Darwen Council armed forces champion Coun Trevor Maxfield, who knew Mr Wild through his work with the RBL, contacted WEC on his behalf. He said: “There is so much red tape, I was told it would take at least three months for the council to fit a ramp for Dave.

“The Government says everything has to be means tested and that doesn’t happen overnight.

“I asked WEC if they would help, intending to use Legion cash to pay, but they just sorted it out. It shows how committed they are to the community.”

Welding and engineering instructor at WEC Kris Mercer oversaw the project. He said: “We did it in 48 hours and fitted it on D-Day. It is becoming more and more known that we are doing a lot of these community projects.

“The lads enjoy working on them.”

WEC is now recruiting for its next batch of apprentices and forms can be downloaded from www. wec-group.com

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6:05pm Wed 11 Jun 14

bridgey2000 says...

Well done WEC - so many companies do things for publicity reasons but this company genuinely want to give back. Fantastic example to others.
Well done WEC - so many companies do things for publicity reasons but this company genuinely want to give back. Fantastic example to others. bridgey2000
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9:59am Thu 12 Jun 14

Ian the Beancounter says...

bridgey2000 wrote:
Well done WEC - so many companies do things for publicity reasons but this company genuinely want to give back. Fantastic example to others.
Hear, hear! I couldn't agree more. WEC are proving themselves to be a very caring organisation who do, really do, want to be at the heart of Darwen's community.
[quote][p][bold]bridgey2000[/bold] wrote: Well done WEC - so many companies do things for publicity reasons but this company genuinely want to give back. Fantastic example to others.[/p][/quote]Hear, hear! I couldn't agree more. WEC are proving themselves to be a very caring organisation who do, really do, want to be at the heart of Darwen's community. Ian the Beancounter
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