One of Phil’s teammates at the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio was Luke Reeson. In 2012, Luke was leading a group of 20 soldiers securing a helicopter landing site in Helmand when they came under heavy fire...
Two bullets sliced into his backpack, a third into his upper leg and groin; and a fourth into his lower left leg. Luke was evacuated to a waiting helicopter and after being flown back to the UK for treatment, had his lower left leg rebuilt with metal support rods.
Despite his recovery and rehabilitation, which included representing Team GB in both the Invictus Games and Rio Paralympics, Luke was told in 2016 that his leg may need amputation. With the prospect of a prosthetic leg or being wheelchair bound, Luke was keen to make some adjustments to the family home. Many of the doors in Luke’s house needed widening to accommodate a wheelchair and a new family kitchen required adaption to enable Luke to use the area alongside his long-term partner, Rebecca.
Liam Stevens, who is Assistant manager at Howdens Workington depot, grew up with Luke and the pair played rugby together at the local Cockermouth RFU rugby club so Liam was really keen to help.
The MOD funded the new kitchen and Howdens’ Workington depot agreed to donate the joinery products while a local tradesman offered his time and service for free.