Corporal Chris Cheffings was a vehicle commander with the Queens Royal Lancers in Southern Afghanistan in 2008, whilst on patrol his Viking Armoured Vehicle was struck by an IED.
The resulting explosion left Chris with injuries to his neck and spine as a result of being thrown from the vehicle in which his driver, Trooper Robert Pearson, was sadly killed.
Following hospitalisation, Chris began his intensive rehab programme at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, where he underwent a strict programme of physical training and physiotherapy. Chris was discharged from the Army in November 2011. However due to his housing needs, he has been allowed to retain his married quarter until a suitable property is found and adapted.
With the assistance of Haig Housing Trust, Chris was searching for a property in his home town of Scunthorpe. Chris and his family have now had an offer accepted on a property and in conjunction with Haig Housing Trust they are in the process of purchasing the house through our Shared Ownership Scheme. The property will require adapting to suit his needs, including a wet room, before the family can move in. All of this work will be paid for by charitable donations.
In November 2011, Chris and his family kindly agreed to make the long journey from Scunthorpe to London to participate in the Lord Mayors Parade, as part of the Coming Home float, to help raise awareness of the Charity. Our thanks must go to Chris and his family for making the journey and supporting us.