Alec Robotham had wanted to be awarded a green beret and become a Royal Marine for a long time and threw himself into the selection process. Shortly after realising his dream at the age of 21 he was deployed to Afghanistan. Whilst out on a standard day time patrol, a suicide bomber detonated his device and Alec was caught in the blast of the bomb.
Following a period of unconsciousness, Alec awoke with extensive scarring, permanent nerve damage and trauma to his entire body which has weakened his limbs. During his initial rehabilitation period, Alec came to accept that his injuries would force him to leave the Corps and pursue a civilian life.
‘The future felt scary and bleak‘, said Alec, who commented that, because he had worked so hard to become a Royal Marine and focused on that, he had not imagined himself doing anything else until much later in life.
Alec heard about an organisation which trains injured service personnel in the aviation industry and initially thought it sounded too good to be true. It wasn’t!
With the support of The Poppy Factory, he is now undergoing training funded by Walking With The Wounded and is looking forward to long-term employment as a result of the skills he has acquired.
Alec said, ‘I can feel myself progressing on a new path, which is exciting and unique instead of depressing’.
Your donation, however large or small, goes directly to helping young men and women like Alec who have had their lives changed forever by the injuries sustained in the line of duty.