Wounded veteran aims for new model career

Tuesday 20 December 2016

A Manchester veteran is not letting the loss of a foot deter him from pursuing a career on the catwalk.

Simon Flores had to be fitted with a prosthetic lower left limb after suffering the life-changing injury in an explosion in Iraq, while serving with the Royal Green Jackets regiment in 2006.

Ten years on, the father of three feels so positive about his life outside the military that he's hoping a local model agency will sign him up!

So when Help for Heroes offered him the chance to take part in a fashion show at Phoenix House Recovery Centre, Simon was first in line.

The event aimed to boost the confidence of wounded veterans and members of the military as part of their road to recovery.

Many of the models who joined Simon on the catwalk had suffered physical or psychological wounds during service, while others had displayed huge acts of bravery during their military career.

“I was surprised to feel a bit nervous,” Simon admitted. “But the atmosphere was amazing. I had a lot of fun and can’t wait for the next one!”

Simon has also begun gym training in the hope of being selected as a power lifter at the 2017 Invictus Games - his long term goal is to become a fitness trainer for people with physical disabilities.

“I want to make a difference to other people’s lives, and you can’t do that by sitting on your backside. First though, I want to give modelling a go. I can see it now – flashing lights, paparazzi everywhere…!”

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