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Injured soldier finds new career in furniture design

Alex Stringer Photo: ITV News Anglia

Alex Stringer is used to fighting on the frontline but at the age of 20 he began his battle for recovery after an explosion in Afghanistan.

The father of three from Canvey Island in Essex needed more than 30 operations and spent four months in hospital.

Last year Alex started work at 'Realise Futures' in Ipswich, designing furniture for people with disabilities.

Today he returned to Chavasse VC House, the Help for Heroes funded centre in Colchester that aided his recovery, to donate a picnic table he had invented, which gives easy access for wheelchair users.

Bench designed by Alex Stringer Credit: ITV News Anglia

Alex wants to turn his love of design into a full-time career and is planning to study architecture at college.

His experience of being a triple amputee inspires his designs. But for those who know Alex, he is an inspiration in his own right.

I just see myself as another person getting on with life. It's not going to change, my legs aren't going to grow back, so crack on.

– Alex Stringer

Alex is forging ahead with a new life that's sure to be full of promise.