“Bruce may be a double amputee, but he’s never let his injuries hold him back.”
When Bruce lost both his legs below the knee, it was Nick, one of our Activity and Wellbeing Regional Leads, who introduced him to wheelchair rugby. Nick says he’s proud of the way Bruce never lets his injuries stop him from achieving.
“Bruce may be a double amputee, but he’s never let his injuries hold him back. He’s so passionate about sport, and to see how it helps him both physically and mentally reminds me of why I love working at Help for Heroes.
“Bruce lost both legs due to a painful foot condition, which ended not just his military career but changed life as he knew it. When I first met him, I knew he was missing the camaraderie that comes with being in the Armed Forces. So I suggested he might enjoy a team sport like wheelchair rugby. Part of my role involves helping veterans like Bruce find local, inclusive sports clubs they can join and that offer adaptive activities. I introduced him to the Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby team, which is made up of disabled veterans and civilians, and soon he was training with them every week and loving it. We were also able to part-fund the specialist chair he needed to play, and arrange physio on his shoulder when an injury put his playing on hold for a while.
“We’ve been able to support Bruce in other ways too. His home in the Welsh valleys is on a hill and when he’s not on his prosthetic legs, he uses a special lift to reach the front door. When the lift broke, Bruce struggled for a time to get in and out of his own home, so we worked alongside some of our partner charities to have it replaced.
“It makes me so proud to see how Bruce doesn’t let his injuries stop him from living life - he’s an incredible person. I’m a big believer in the many benefits sport can bring to people’s lives and I feel like Bruce is a great example of that – he’s so positive and ready to try new things – like the rugby – and you can really see how it helps with his recovery.
“Being a double amputee, we know Bruce may face complications in the future, which is why it is so vital that we are there to support him, and his family, whenever they need us.”
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