Mas­sive step af­ter Afghan hor­ror

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PRIDE OF BUCKS 2015 -

AN EX-sol­dier who was hit by a road­side bomb in Afghanistan four years ago has been nom­i­nated for a Pride of Bucks award.

Tim Jones, 26, over­came the odds to be­come a fit­ness in­struc­tor and now runs his own boot camp in Bea­cons­field de­spite un­der­go­ing 16 op­er­a­tions to re­pair the dam­age caused by the bomb.

Mr Jones, orginally from Den­ham, joined the Princess of Wales Royal Reg­i­ment in 2009, train­ing as a phys­i­cal train­ing in­struc­tor.

He was hit by a road­side IED while on tour in 2011, killing a friend of his in the pla­toon and se­verely in­jur­ing him­self and oth­ers.

Af­ter en­dur­ing months of painful phys­io­ther­apy and re­hab, he was dis­charged from the army in 2014 and started work­ing as a per­sonal trainer at the Bea­con Cen­tre Gym in Holt­spur Way, Bea­cons­field, and now runs his boot camp, Mil­i­tary Spe­cific Fit­ness, along­side.

His friend, John Pell, 70, nom­i­nated him be­cause “he’s very ded­i­cated and car­ing”.

Mr Pell added: “He must have been to hell and back. I just think here’s a guy who’s try­ing to do the best for peo­ple. He needs a bit of recog­ni­tion.”

Com­ment­ing how it felt to be nom­i­nated for an En­tre­pre­neur of the Year award Mr Jones said: “It’s a real nice feel­ing.”

He added: “I’m very proud to have been nom­i­nated and it means a lot com­ing from John.”

Speak­ing about what he has achieved since he was dis­charged, Mr Jones said: “I never thought go­ing back two years ago that I’d ever be in any kind of po­si­tion where I am now. To be where I am now is a mas­sive thing.

“I never thought any­thing like this would be pos­si­ble. I didn’t know where to go or what to do, I couldn’t even leave the house.”

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