When Corporal Stuart Robinson was seriously injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2013, he knew the road to recovery would be a tough one.
Stuart, 31, was on a routine patrol near Camp Bastion with 15 Squadron, RAF Regiment, when his vehicle hit the IED – the force was so strong that he was thrown 30 feet from the vehicle and the explosion left him with life changing injuries including the loss of his lower left leg and severe damage to his right leg and arm.
While recovering in hospital he took the difficult decision to have his shattered right leg amputated.
A year on, Stuart underwent intense rehabilitation at Headley Court where he had access to a specially adapted mountain trike which not only provided mobility but assisted in his rehabilitation and physical recovery.
Seeing that the trike would improve his quality of life at home and allow him to play with his four-year-old son George, Stuart approached the RAF Benevolent Fund for assistance in buying the trike.
Stuart says: "I don't like asking for help but you can't do everything on your own. I was always quite active, playing rugby and football and the trike allows me to get out and also spend time with George outdoors. It's been really important for me to be able to do the things with him that I could before I was injured.
"The RAF Benevolent Fund have been there for my family through the hardest time. I was aware of their work but, of course, you never think you're going to need them – it's been reassuring knowing they are at the end of a phone whenever I have needed them."
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