Hero Corporal retrains to save lives

A HERO corporal decorated by the Queen is so committed to his career in the army he is retraining after being seriously injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

Corporal David Timmins has completed an HNC in health and social care at Reid Kerr college— returning to education after 17 years.

The 30-year-old from Neilston is determined to serve with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.

Corporal Timmins said: “I had to make a decision on where my future lay and returning to education seemed like a natural option.

“Having experienced firsthand the difficulties faced after injury, I became interested in re-training as a nurse in a bid to help fellow soldiers learning to deal with what becomes not only a very challenging but more importantly, life changing period in a soldier’s career”.

David was decorated with the Queen’s Gallantry Medal at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and honoured for rescuing a wounded colleague during his tour of duty.

He helps raise money for BLESMA and Poppy Scotland and welcomes support towards both of these charities.

David will be part of the flag raising ceremony on Monday at Eastwood park.