Injured soldier James Johnson plans personal thank you to Humberston C of E Primary School for their support
INJURED soldier James Johnson will be making a special homecoming to say thanks to his supporters.
The Grenadier Guard will visit his former primary school to thank pupils for a £900 donation to The Army Benevolent Fund in James' name.
Pupils at Humberston C of E Primary School were told by James' mum Carole how her 29-year-old son went to Afghanistan and how he was nearly crushed to death last year when a wall collapsed.
She and James' brother Ben chatted to pupils at a special assembly yesterday, and told how the injured guardsman plans to make a personal visit in just a few weeks.
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He is currently at Hedley Court, in Surrey, having previously been in hospital in Wakefield for treatment to a spinal injury.
James was on his first Afghan tour when a series of explosions caused the wall of a compound to collapse on top of him during a battle with Taliban fighters in August last year.
He was less than a month away from returning to the UK to begin training for his Corporal exams.
It took five of his comrades to haul the massive rocks off his body. He was taken from the compound in Helmand Province to Camp Bastion and flown back to the Royal Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, in an induced coma. Since then he has battled to get back on his feet.
The pupils raised their donation through a show at Christmas.
Carole said: "It is awesome; it is a lot of money and they have done it for James, which is very special.
"We have chosen the fund because they are working quietly in the wings and provide the necessary support for Army families."
The charity provides pastoral, practical and financial support.
Carole explained how they had to find £100 for fuel every time they visited James in hospital.
She is delighted he is now at Hedley Court with his comrades.
She added: "I was pleased to be able to tell the children why the British Army are in Afghanistan. I also told them how the wall crushed James, how his comrades hauled the stuff off him and that he is recovering and it is so far, so good."
She has sent James a Grimsby Town strip with his name printed on it.
It carries the number 13 to mark his birthday in September.
She said she expects he will be wearing it on Sunday when Grimsby Town take on Wrexham in the FA Trophy final.
The primary school's head teacher, Richard Dawson, said: "Coping with an injured serviceman is massive for a family and we cannot begin to imagine what they are going through.
"You can't believe what it is like to be in their shoes."