Doncaster soldier’s mum backs charity

Former Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson with his mum Diane Dernie at home in Bessacarr.
Former Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson with his mum Diane Dernie at home in Bessacarr.
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The mum of an injured soldier has said the Ministry of Defence should pay for soldiers’ recovery centres and other building work rather than a military charity.

Lance Bomardier Ben Parkinson – the most severely injured soldier in Britain – and mum Diane Derner, of Doncaster, featured in a report into state and charity provision for injured troops.

The show reported criticism over Help for Heroes spending money on MoD building projects rather than care. But Diane said the charity had been a lifeline.

She added: “Ben benefited massively from Help for Heroes. They have paid for all his gym work which has got him to the stage he’s at now. They have been fantastic.

“In an ideal world there is no question, the MoD should be paying for this.”

The report was by BBC Newsnight and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Help For Heroes is creating four recovery centres to support soldiers.

Bryn Parry, co-founder and CEO, said the report was ‘misleading’. The charity had not been ‘misled’ by the MoD into funding building projects and was ‘independent’ to best support wounded soldiers.

An Mod spokesman said £226m would be spent over the next decade for soldiers to have access to services plus personnel in recovery centres and the Government welcomed the role of charities.