Shropshire

Cash plea for injured soldier's new Shropshire home

The wife of a soldier left brain damaged by an explosion in Afghanistan wants to raise over £100,000 to build a new home to cater for his needs.

Corporal Simon Vaughan was injured in 2008. He uses a wheelchair and is being treated in a specialist facility.

The couple put his compensation towards a bungalow in Ercall Heath in Shropshire, but his wife Donna said the property has since been condemned.

They need the money to rebuild the bungalow, she said.

To help raise funds, she has organised a run at Ollerton motorcross track on 28 August where some soldiers will complete a half marathon around the track.

"We thought it (renovations) would take three months from start to finish but, now it's been condemned, it's got to be completely flattened," she said.

"The rubble has got to be removed and we've got to start from scratch."

Her husband is currently in Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Surrey, and needs help from nurses to move around, she said.

"He's in a big specialised brain injury wheelchair.

"He still needs a hoist and two nurses to transfer him from bed to chair."

But she said she was looking forward to when he is well enough to return home.

"I just cannot wait to get him home... it's going to be brilliant - BBQs and get the family round."