Holiday for soldier recovering from blast

Photo Ian Robinson'Chris and Steven Robinson who aim to canoe the longest lakes in the Lake District for the Poppy Appeal
Photo Ian Robinson'Chris and Steven Robinson who aim to canoe the longest lakes in the Lake District for the Poppy Appeal

AN INJURED soldier who is battling to recover from a bomb blast in Afghanistan is set for a holiday boost.

Steve Robinson, 25, from Farington, Leyland, was travelling in a Snatch Land Rover in Helmand Province, when he was caught in a blast which left him with serious physical injuries and mental trauma.

Steve, who was a member of the Brigade Reconnaisance Force in early 2008, suffered two fractures two his right leg, shrapnel wounds in his back and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

To boost Steve in his recovery, Band of Brothers, which is part of charity Help for Heroes, is sending Steve and his family to Gibraltar for a week’s holiday in October.

His dad Chris, of Stratfield Place, Leyland, who will go on the trip, said: “It is just respite for him and the family.

“It will allow him to get away from his day-to-day surroundings.

“He will be out of his usual comfort zone.”

The whole family, including Steve’s partner Farrah, children Joseph and Bella and Chris’s wife Denise, will stay in a villa for the week.

And Chris believes the island’s combination of seaside resort and rich military significance makes it the perfect destination for him.

He said: “It has a lot of history, it is not just a place to go for an ordinary kick-back.

“There is a lot of military interest to occupy their minds should they wish to and I know Steven is interested in seeing all of that.

“It is not just the Second World War, Gibraltar is playing a big part in tracking assets in Syria, Government troop movements, to assist the civil uprising.

“It is still a massive part of what’s going on, so it is a really good choice of location.”

Steven is currently taking part in a canoeing trip in Bavaria, Germany, which has been organised by Battleback, another initiative funded through Help For Heroes.

Chris believes charities and the British public, through donations, are leading the fight for injured troops.

He said: “It is the kindness of the British public that facilitates it, nothing to do with the Government.

“They have projected figures to keep raising money for the next 20 years which is the amount of time most people take to recover.”

Chris and Steve recently completed a gruelling charity challenge to canoe the 10 biggest lakes in the Lake District.

They managed to raise around £15,000 for the Royal British Legion locally.