Two soldiers from Halifax who were seriously injured in Afghanistan have been given the keys to their refurbished homes following extensive adaptations to the properties.
Sapper Ben Lee, who served with 33 Engineer Regiment, and Sapper Jack Holmes, who served with 21 Engineer Regiment, both suffered severe injuries from Improvised Explosive Devices while on operations in Afghanistan.
Sapper Lee and Private Holmes returned to their homes in Halifax once they had recovered from their injuries at the military rehabilitation centre Headley Court, but as double amputees found moving through the narrow doors and hallways problematic.
Thanks to adaptations including wider corridors, ramps and lifts, and adapted kitchens by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association of Yorkshire and the Humber, they can access all areas of their homes.
Sapper Holmes, who is married with children, said: “Having looked around my house after the work was finished, it was hard to take in. It’s made such a difference to us, and I’ve been able to enjoy life with my children a lot more and found everything so much easier.”
Sapper Lee, who lives with his partner and son, said: “A week into the job and my house looked like a bomb had just gone off. But after just seven weeks everything was done and we were all back in. The lads have done a great job. It’s made life so much easier with the day-to-day tasks.”