A FALKLANDS hero has unveiled a Hampshire charity’s sculpture symbolising a new life for injured servicemen.
Veteran Simon Weston OBE, who suffered severe burns while aboard the Sir Galahad when it was attacked and became a household name, gave visitors their first look at Enham Trust’s new sculpture.
The piece, called Moving On, is carved from the wood of a 200-year-old oak tree that came down in Enham village, where the charity has been running for nearly 100 years.
Crafted by specialist chainsaw sculptor Nick Speakman, it depicts a First World War soldier.
Mr Speakman said: “It tells the story of a servicemen coming back to this area with his Army footprint behind him as well as some of the things he would have experienced as part of the horrors of war, the trenches, rats and the war horses and all part of the narrative of the sculpture.”
The charity started life as a rehabilitation centre in 1919 for servicemen returning from the First World War and this is meant to depict how the soldiers found peace and a new life at Enham.
The charity, based in Enham, Andover, now helps support disabled people to help them lead independent lives.
Mr Weston said: “Enham Trust is part of the true legacy of the First World War and one of its positive things.
“I think Enham Alamein is unrivalled in its work and what it has become is something to be truly celebrated and supported.”