The sister of a war veteran badly injured in a bomb blast in Iraq is raising money for The Royal Star & Garter Homes…

Sian Cheesman, from New Malden, is leading the five-strong Team Vause in the notorious Tough Mudder obstacle course and hopes to raise £450 for the Charity, which has been caring for her brother Stephen Vause at its Surbiton Home since 2015.

Stephen, from New Malden, was just 19 and on his first tour of Iraq, serving with the 4th Battalion The Rifles, when he suffered brain injuries in a mortar explosion near Basra in 2007 which left him severely disabled.

Stephen requires 24-hour care from expert staff at The Royal Star & Garter Homes. He regularly receives physiotherapy at the Home, and staff support him in getting to hydrotherapy locally. Stephen’s disability means he uses a wheelchair and has limited speech, using a tablet to communicate.

Sian, 22, is assistant manager at the Well House Inn in Chipstead, Surrey. She said: “It was a struggle to find somewhere appropriate for Stephen. The Royal Star & Garter Homes is local, which is a bonus for us, and they work so hard with him. To have somewhere you can trust that really looks after him is amazing.