A soldier from Nottinghamshire, who was badly wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan, has received an early Christmas present this year.
The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) invited 34-year-old Sergeant Alan Dennis from the 2nd battalion the Mercian Regiment to take part in a shoot day after reading an appeal for help from his officer, Major Max Wray, in a shooting magazine.
In the letter Major Wray, a BASC member, explained how father-of-two Sgt Dennis had been left with serious leg injuries in the attack which had killed another young soldier in his company and seriously wounded several others.
Major Wray wanted to get Sgt Dennis, who is the son of a gamekeeper and a keen game shot, out and about in the countryside again so appealed for help in finding a game shooting opportunity for him.
BASC found a shoot in West Sussex who generously offered to help and invited Sgt Dennis and Major Wray along for a day.
Sgt Dennis said: "I had a fantastic day. It helps a lot to get back to shooting which is what I love doing and it has done my confidence the world of good. I'd really like to thank Major Wray and BASC for setting up this fantastic day out for me."
BASC's regional director for the south east, David Knowles, said: "After reading about Sgt Dennis, we knew we wanted to help him out by finding him a place on a good shoot. Sgt Dennis shot extremely well on the day and seemed to really enjoy himself. I'm really pleased we could give him this opportunity to start shooting again."
Photos of the shoot day are available, for more information please contact the BASC press office on 01244 573031More Articles by British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) ...