Massive step after Afghan horror
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.”