10th June 2010
The Queen honours wounded Fusilier Shaun Stocker, 19.
The Queen has presented a medal to a teenage soldier who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan.
Fusilier Shaun Stocker, 19, of Wrexham, stepped on an explosive device six days from the end of his tour with The Royal Welsh Regiment. After the presentation in front of thousands of people at Chester Racecourse, the Queen spoke to the solider at a more intimate reception.
‘It was an honour,’ said Fusilier Shaun Stocker who was wounded in April.
The teeneger said the Queen asked him how his recovery was going, and he told her he was hoping to get prosthetic limbs in the coming months.
31st August 2018
Veteran turns around eyesore property.
The site of an empty property on a residential road has been successfully redeveloped thanks to a Welsh Government loan.
The property, on Manley Road, Wrexham, had been empty for many years and attracted concerns from neighbours and the wider community due to being an eyesore and attracting antisocial behaviour.
Following the purchase of the property by a local property developer, and thanks to help from the Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) Empty Property Loan, the old building was demolished and a new one has been built in its place.
The new site contains eight high quality self-contained flats.
The building was redeveloped by Shaun Stocker, a 27 year-old property developer from Wrexham.
Shaun suffered serious injuries while serving with the Army in Afghanistan, and has subsequently developed a career as a property developer.
He’s also a keen fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK and has raised thousands for the charity.
Shaun said: “I’m very proud of this achievement and very grateful to Wrexham council for the loan – without this help, it would have been very hard to complete.
I’m also grateful to my friend Tony Thackeray, who managed the build.
It’s amazing to see such a beautiful building that was once an idea come to life, and it’s an added bonus to have made such a difference in the local area.”
5th December 2018
Today I received a letter in the post which reads as follows:
‘Dear Mr Stocker, The Prime Minister would like me to inform you that Her Majesty The Queen would like to honour you with a British Empire Medal for your services to charity…’
Thoroughly surprised by this and extremely proud to be deemed prestigious enough for this incredible honour.
I began my charity work not long following my injury and found that it was even more rewarding than I had initially expected. Not only did I find myself giving back to the charities, organisations and people who had been there for me during the initial stages of my recovery but it als gave me a sense of purpose and subsequently aided my recovery and wellbeing at the same time.
I have never set out to be recognised for my fundraising but the fact that I have means more than I ever thought imaginable. The events and charitable work will not come to an end as I continue to strive towards my goals.
Whilst visiting Australia for my osseointegration surgery, I met a wonderful Gentleman called Patrick Weaver, Author and Journalist. Over dinner, we discussed how I aspired to write my story. Patrick was extrememly interested in helping me as he had just written a best selling book for my surgeon Munjed Al-Muderis.
Over the last four years, Patrick and I have kept in regular contact over Skype and have been chronolising my life and recovery. Due to be published, my book tells a story of overcoming adversity, courage and determination.