Simon Gilmour

From Newton Aycliffe

Hero: Simon Gilmour

Corporal Simon Gilmour has been doubly injured; first by an explosion in Afghanistan and then, following discharge from hospital was left tetraplegic after a road traffic accident.

The explosion in August 2010 in Afghanistan, caused serious injuries to his legs, arms and face. He was immediately air lifted to Selly Oak Hospital in the UK. but, when he was eventually discharged from hospital, sadly, Simon was involved in a road traffic accident, resulting in tetraplegia; he has no sensation from his chest down, and has limited arm movement. He is still receiving treatment for his injuries.

Simon bought a house that will deal with his needs, in the Newton Aycliffe, area as part of Haig Housing Trust’s Shared Ownership Scheme. This scheme allows the beneficiaries of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme to buy a part share in a house, which the Trust will have adapted to meet their individual needs. If they want to, the individual can later buy a greater share in the property until, if they wish, they own it outright. This is what Simon has now done. They can also sell their share in the property at any time should they wish.

Extensive work was carried out on Simon’s house, funded by the MOD. Work included level access with ramps and handrails, a single storey extension with accessible en-suite, widening of doorways and a kitchen that is wheelchair accessible and height adjustable.