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Barrowford award winner inspired after shooting of soldier son
A SUPPORT worker who was inspired to help injured members of the armed forces after his son was shot in Afghanistan has won an award.
Wallace Tetlow helps make major adaptations to housing for people who have lost limbs in active service.
The 55-year-old, from Barrowford, decided he wanted to help after his son, Gareth, now 24, was shot by a sniper in Helmand Province in 2008. Gareth needed a shoulder blade reconstruction, and was treated in Birmingham after he was brought home.
“While visiting Gareth in hospital I saw members of the armed forces who had lost legs and arms being treated,” said Wallace.
“They come home and have lost their career.
“They have to return to their home town, with no job waiting for them, often with no house.”
For 20 years, Wallace had run his own business, often working as special contr-actor for the NHS helping to build units at hospitals.
But, in 2008, he packed it in and started as a support worker at the charity Alternative Futures Group (AFG).
He said: “I just decided I wanted to do something to help these people.
“It is terrible the way they are left to fend for them-selves when they get back.”
Gareth was able to return to duty, and has now been promoted to Lance Corpor-al.
Earlier this month, Wallace was presented with the ‘volunteer/unsung hero of the year’ award from the Alternative Futures Group.
He said: “I’m particularly proud and grateful to all of those who nominated me.
“I’d like to dedicate this to my son, and all of our armed forces who do such a difficult job, often in unimaginable circumstances.”
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