A Bishop Auckland teenager who won a compensation battle against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is raising funds for the charities that helped him achieve the victory.
Lewis Thompson was initially denied compensation by the MoD following the death of his father, who was killed in a motorcycle accident while working as a military chef in Cyprus, the Northern Echo reports.
However, last year saw him successfully claim damages against the military with the help of lawyers from the Royal British Legion.
The 17-year-old student is now organising fundraising events for the Royal British Legion and soldiers’ charity Help For Heroes, including a sponsored car pull in Cardiff.
"It’s our lads and women out there fighting an incredible battle and we can’t imagine what they go through," he told the paper.
The news follows reports that a nuclear test veteran has accused the MoD of "delay tactics" over his battle to receive injury compensation.