Soldier wins funding battle

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wounded paratrooper Ben Parkinson has won the latest battle in his family’s campaign for funding to maintain his rehabilitation programme.

The Bessacarr soldier, who suffered serious injuries in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan five years ago, has been told the Army will continue to pay for his specialist therapy for at least another six months.

Ben, now aged 27, had to undergo an assessment this week to determine whether he was eligible to continue with his funded rehabilitation, which includes specialist physiotherapy at a unit in Leicestershire in a bid to get him walking again, and speech therapy.

Diane Dernie, his mother, said the family was delighted with the decision.

Last September, Ben was told he would be discharged from the Army and his family would have to pay for the therapy themselves at a cost of £2,000 a week.

But that decision was overturned by the Government a month later when veterans’ minister Andrew Robathan said his care should be delivered within the Army.

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