Veterans rebuild locks and lives
INJURED SERVICEMEN AND women are helping to restore the Pocklington Canal at the same time as helping to rebuild their own lives. It’s the second of a £½m series of canal restoration projects launched under the Heritage Heroes banner, following on from a launch earlier this year on the Cotswold Canals.
The 18-month programme, working with the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and Canal & River Trust and funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery, will put the Grade II listed Thornton Lock back into good condition, including lock floor repairs and gate replacement. The work will also contribute towards PCAS’s current target of extending navigation from the present limit at Melbourne village to Bielby.
At the same time, it aims to bring purpose back to the veterans’ lives by equipping them with City & Guilds qualifications for their future careers.
Mike Lee, Project Manager at Help for Heroes, said: “Leaving the military or realising your career choice many no longer be possible can be daunting, especially for those who are living with life-changing injuries and illnesses.” He added that working towards new goals through career recovery could be “extremely beneficial to an individual’s overall wellbeing”, speeding their recovery.