Former bomb disposal expert set up charity

Former bomb disposal expert Mike Hamilton, 32, who served in the Royal Engineers for eight years - including two tours of Iraq and one of Afghanistan - formed Commando Joes' after leaving the army.

As well as a personal trainer, he was a member of a bomb disposal squad - on one occasion helping clear a whole minefield in an Iraqi village so children could play safely.

He went on to work as part of a recruitment team in the UK and during visits to schools noticed a need to help disillusioned pupils.

Starting Commando Joes as an after-school activity at schools in Manchester in 2009, he has slowly expanded, recruiting extra instructors to teach military-style fitness and one-to-one mentoring, as well as tailor-made team-building exercises and activities.

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