Home comforts for veteran turned artist

Mike Penney (below) has constructed a model of his home.

Mike Penney (below) has constructed a model of his home.

A veteran soldier turned artist has used his home as inspiration for his latest mammoth project.

The British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association (BLESMA) home on Lytham Road, South Shore, takes care of members of the armed forces who have lost limbs.

But it has now been re-created in cardboard after Mike Penney, an ex-corporal with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, spent seven months constructing a cardboard 
version of his home.

Mr Penney, 66, lost his left leg above the knee in 1997 following a road traffic accident in 1995 and moved into the home four years ago.

He said: “That’s what I do. I have done train models, dolls houses – all sorts.

“ I went around taking photos of every little bit of the home, it had to be made to the right scale, I could not have made it too small.

“It took me a lot of card board but luckily Mike Ward, the vicar at BLESMA Blackpool, who is also a painter had off-cuts going spare.”

After some well-deserved time off, Mr Penney is already working towards his next project – a giant train set.

He believes his ambitious eight by eight feet project will take about a year to complete but will prove a “highly therapeutic experience.”

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