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.
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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.

Mike Penney

Mike Penney

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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