Honours for injured Craig

Craig Wood, pictured outside his home, on Windmill Balk Lane, Woodlands. Picture: Marie Caley D0701MC
Craig Wood, pictured outside his home, on Windmill Balk Lane, Woodlands. Picture: Marie Caley D0701MC
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Injured soldier Craig Wood who helped raise money for charity in a three-day cycle ride has been honoured at the 2013 Yorkshire Awards.

Rifleman Craig, who became the youngest serviceman to be injured in Afghanistan in 2009 when he was just 18, is now hoping to take part in the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Craig lost both of his legs, one of his arms and suffered facial injuries in an explosion.

He lost 27 pints of blood as a result of his catastrophic injuries and was given a 50 per cent chance of survival by doctors in Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.

But Craig, of Ridge Balk Lane in Woodlands, vowed to overcome his injuries and has amazed medics and family members with his determination.

Earlier this year he completed a three-day cycle ride on a special adapted bicycle from Surrey to Paris to raise money for children with special needs.

Rifleman Wood’s cycle challenge helped to raise nearly £4,000 for the Me Too & Co charity, and he was given the Special Award for his ‘outstanding’ achievement.

The soldier has a passion for windsurfing and is now focusing on becoming part of the 2016 Paralympics team in Brazil.

He said: “It would be a massive sense of awe being in the Paralympics, it would be amazing to represent my country.”

Following the explosion which nearly claimed his life, Craig said: “I’d only been out an hour and a half.

“I was the only person injured. The nearest person to me was about 10 foot behind but he was fine.”

Over a week-and-a-half later Craig woke up from a drug-induced coma in the critical care unit in Birmingham.

A recurring nightmare about losing his limbs as he drifted in and out of consciousness meant he had already begun to realise the extent of his injuries.

“When I joined the Army I did not really think about getting injured,” he added.