Southampton veteran finds ‘brilliant’ new home after losing leg

A VETERAN desperately looking for a new home will be listing a new apartment in 2023.

Former Corporal Paul Smith previously lived in a privately rented first floor flat in Shirley.

However, following a leg amputation in May this year, the 54-year-old struggled to access his flat and had to climb the stairs with his hands.

Now, Paul is enjoying life in a ‘shiny’ new flat.

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He said: “Sometime after the Daily Echo article was published, Stonewater Housing offered me my new place half a mile down the road.

“It’s great as it’s ground floor and handicap accessible. It’s made my life so much better.

“I was able to move thanks to the help of my friends and Colin Gaylor from the Southampton Veterans’ Trust.”

Paul felt “stuck” in his old flat and was unable to make daily trips to the shops, see friends or even leave the house.

Daily Echo: Former Corporal Paul SmithFormer Corporal Paul Smith (Image: Daily Echo)

Now he has a new life.

Paul said: “I have no worries or problems having to get in or out with my wheelchair as it is accessible.

“Now I’m more or less standing. Now everything is on my doorstep too, everything is just a stone’s throw away.

“It said a lot that people helped me. If it hadn’t been for them, I would have been stuck and couldn’t do anything.”

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Southampton Veterans’ Trust chairman Colin Gaylor added: “It’s fantastic news that the council actively took on Paul’s needs following his amputation and he now has a ground floor flat for disabled people.

“Without his two friends Chris Rennie and James Mawby, Paul’s mental health and well-being would have been seriously hampered.

“They continue to be a huge help to him and it’s a fabulous result for Paul.

“Onwards and upwards”.

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