A FORMER soldier has had a van converted to a striking VW Camper Van decorated with a special Help for Heroes theme to highlight the charity’s good work.
Worcester resident Grant Allen’s van was converted by Bromsgrove-based Spektrum Interiors, which added the windows, electrics and everything else to transform it into a Camper.
The upholstery, including the seats which have poppies in the head rests, was done by Bromsgrove Auto Trimmers.
Pershore firm Absolute Control did the interior and exterior design which features the eye-catching red poppy field scene with the silhouetted Help for Heroes logo which depicts two soldiers carrying a casualty.
Grant served with the 29 Commando regiment, was blown up in an IED attack in Afghanistan in 2008 and discharged from the armed forces in 2010 because of his injuries.
He had completed three tours of Afghanistan, along with spells in Iraq, Sierra Leone and Northern Ireland.
During that time he was shot in Afghanistan in 2007 but, after recuperating, returned to frontline duties.
He said since his discharge he had been immensely assisted by Help for Heroes and because of that he wanted to give something back.
“Help for Heroes was there for me and even when there are not any wars going on their battle continues – helping servicemen and women in terms of their recuperation.”
He said after being discharged, he got into the VW Campervan scene.
“I realised each campervan was unique to the owner’s personality, beliefs and experience.
“I wanted to raise awareness of the fantastic job Help for Heroes do so it can go on helping others who need it.”
Speaking about the van’s transformation he said: “It’s absolutely stunning – beyond expectation – and I’ve no doubt this will help raise awareness of this wonderful charity.”
Mark James, the manager of Spektrum Interiors, said the transformation was breath-taking.
“I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it.
“I put the pictures on Facebook and, in the first hour, the post was viewed by 680 people, received 14 comments, 20 shares and 30 likes.”
Visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk for more on the charity.