Weston’s wisdom

Simon Weston OBE with Helena tenants Nicole Fairclough, Darren Evans and David Ogden

Simon Weston OBE with Helena tenants Nicole Fairclough, Darren Evans and David Ogden

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INSPIRATIONAL Falklands veteran Simon Weston OBE paid a visit to St Helens last week to offer a few words of wisdom to a prospective soldier.

David Ogden, 26, was delighted to meet the former Welsh Guardsman - who famously suffered 46 per cent burns during an explosion aboard the Sir Galahad in 1982 - as part of a trip to St Helens organised by Helena Partnerships.

Appleton Road tenant David said: “I’m studying a fitness course and have been thinking about joining the Army as a fitness trainer, so Simon’s advice has given me lots of food for thought.

“Despite what happened to him, Simon still says that his days in the military were the best of his life and he really made an impression on me as a genuine, down-to-earth man.”

David was part of a group of tenants who spent time with Simon during his visit to Appleton Road.

Simon said: “It’s amazing what can happen when people think differently and creatively, as Helena has done at Appleton Road.

“The project focusing on young people is truly inspiring and visionary and has had such positive results already.”