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Action amputee founder wins award

Albert Thomson
Albert Thomson had his left leg removed in 2003

An ex-serviceman who lost his leg in action has won an award for simulating emergency scenes using amputees.

Albert Thomson, from Peterborough, is founder of Action Amps, where amputees carry out training simulations for the emergency services and military.

Mr Thomson had one of his legs removed in 2003 after he was injured in Iraq.

At the People of the Year awards held in Battersea, in London, on Monday, Mr Thomson was named disabled entrepreneur of the year.

Making a difference

Mr Thomson said: "I was lying in hospital reviewing what I would do next. I had gone from an active soldier to an inactive soldier.

"I wanted to give something back towards soldiers and training them up into how to act in a state of devastation.

"Winning the award was out of the blue. Not that what I do isn't important but there are a lot of others that do things better.

"I'm overwhelmed. It shows what I do is appreciated and is making a difference."

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