Whilst on a three week operation conducting a bomb disposal in Afghanistan the area came under fire and Tim fell 100ft off the tailgate of his vehicle landing on his back leaving him paralysed from the neck down. After many years of intensive rehabilitation Tim is able to just about get around with the aid of a stick but to no great distance. As a result of his injuries Tim also suffers from mental injuries.
4 years on Tim is more mobile but still suffers left side weakness and neurological damage.
Tim has always had an aptitude for guitars and music. Walking With The Wounded’s First Steps programme funded Tim to go on a bass manufacturing / building course which has resulted in Tim setting up his own guitar workshop at home in Norfolk. Tim finds repairing guitars extremely therapeutic and it has been hugely important in his recovery. As a result of his qualifications, Tim’s mental health is improving and he is feeling more and more positive about the future everyday.
Tim is currently repairing several guitars donated to the charity.
Tim Jones said: “Due to the nature of my injuries I sustained in Afghanistan I have been unable to work full time, but with the tremendous help of WWTW supporting me in starting my own business, it has allowed me to work around my disability and to take pride in myself once again. My words cannot express the depth of gratitude I have for everyone at WWTW, they truly have helped to turn my life around I wouldn’t be where I am today without them, thank you so much.”