New car given to disabled soldier

Vauxhall has presented a specially-adapted Insignia Sports Tourer to Private Derek Derenalagi, who lost his legs in a blast while serving in Afghanistan.

Derek, who is currently training to participate in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, was one of the first soldiers to benefit fromHelp for Heroes' assistance.

The car is equipped with a hand control push/pull brake and accelerator, integral indicator switch and a quick release steering ball to make it easier for Derek to drive.

Receiving the keys to the car at Vauxhall's headquarters in Luton, Derek said: "I'd like to thank Vauxhall sincerely for the use of this great car. I'm training five days a week now, in addition to attending events for Help for Heroes, so it will certainly get plenty of use."

Vauxhall also provided four more support vehicles to Help for Heroes as part of its two-year partnership with the charity. The additional vehicles include three British-built Astra Sport Tourers and a Movano van.

So far, Vauxhall has raised over £129,000 for Help for Heroes. The charity uses the money to help people who are wounded, sick or injured in Britain's current conflicts.

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