AN EX-SERVICEMAN who lost a leg after being injured in Afghanistan is rebuilding his life with the help of the Prince’s Trust.
Owen Pick, from Red Lodge, was just 18 when he stepped on an explosive device in Afghanistan.
But he is now taking part in a Prince’s Trust placement at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds as part of the trust’s commitment to helping Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) servicemen and women in partnership with Help for Heroes.
Owen, now 20, has just completed two months with the scheme as a development coach and has enjoyed his time there.
“This is my first experience of working in a civilian environment. I do a lot of work with the Army cadets anyway – here I can broaden skills that I have already got and build on them.
“I think the Prince’s Trust team programme is brilliant. I have really enjoyed it. Staff have been welcoming and the team members are all good kids,” he said.
Owen, who served with 1 Royal Anglian, was hurt when on patrol with his comrades in Afghanistan.
They came under attack and, after returning fire, entered the compound where the attackers were based.
The four other soldiers in front of him all missed the explosive which shattered the bones in his lower right leg and foot.
He said: “It blew me about 10ft in the air and 15ft away from the point of explosion.”
Owen underwent 15 painful months of rehabilitation before deciding that amputation below the knee was necessary.
He joined the Prince’s Trust team in January after going through five months of rehabilitation with his new prostethic leg.
As a development coach, Owen was able to work with young people, giving them mentoring and leadership.
He is one of more than 20 WIS to have taken part in the scheme.