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19 December 2016

Falklands veteran regains access to outdoor wellbeing through handcyle

Article by Ryan Brown

Martin Sankey, who joined the Army at the age of 16, was a Royal Engineer and served with 9th Parachute Squadron, with whom he deployed to the Falklands in 1982.

During the conflict, he was very seriously injured during an artillery attack on Port Harriet House and suffered a leg amputation, hearing loss and other physical and psychological injuries.

Despite his injuries, Martin managed to continue serving in the Army. He left in 1989 and went on to become a civil aircraft electronics engineer until he was forced to stop work in 2014 due to his health.

The Aaron Lewis Foundation has helped Martin get out and about by helping to provide him with a Coyote handcycle.

He said: “I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the ALF for their help in this matter, it is very much appreciated.

“It now enables me to go out on walks with my wife when she is out taking photographs.

“I have been out using it to help get fit and it gives me something to concentrate the mind on. I cannot thank you enough for the generous donation you have made and I will make the most of getting out and about.”