Veterans re­build locks and lives


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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.

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