Former soldier makes a splash for our heroes

EX-SOLDIER Tom Twigger with the cheque showing the amount he has raised for Help For Heroes
EX-SOLDIER Tom Twigger with the cheque showing the amount he has raised for Help For Heroes

BRAVE servicemen and women who have been “divorced by society” are set to benefit from £2,030 raised in a sponsored swim by a Papplewick pensioner.

Tom Twigger (67), who was previously in the forces, completed five miles in the pool at Hucknall Leisure Centre in aid of Help For Heroes.

The charity supports British service personnel injured on the front line.

Tom saw service in Aden and Saudi Arabia with the 7 Para Light Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery but suffered an injury in a parachuting accident.

This led to arthritis in his spine and meant he had to leave the forces in the late 1960s. He has suffered a series of medical conditions since but says he didn’t get the support he needed after leaving the Army.

Through his swim, he wanted to help those who have been severely affected by war and find themselves injured, homeless, penniless and without the support of family.

The money he has collected is likely to go to a part of the charity that builds homes for servicemen and women.

Tom completed the distance in two hours and 50 minutes. Swimming is a crucial part of his life and has prevented him from becoming wheelchair-bound because of the arthritis.

He also suffers from tinnitis. He is deaf in his right ear and has just ten per cent hearing in his left.

n OUR PHOTO shows Tom holding aloft the £2,030 cheque at the Hucknall Leisure Centre swimming pool — DISPIC 11-0300-3.