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Fujitsu Helps Injured Serviceman to Soldier On!

Fujitsu Helps Injured Serviceman to Soldier On!

Fujitsu UK & Ireland

London, March 01, 2012

London, UK – 01 March 2012: Fujitsu UK & Ireland has teamed up withSoldier On! - a charity that aims to expand the breadth of opportunities available to injured army personnel – by providing Ben Parkinson, an injured serviceman, with expertise, insight and recommendations as he explores the world of IT. The initial meeting between Ben and Fujitsu in February 2012 marked the beginning of what will be a close relationship as Ben continues his recovery.

In 2006, whilst on active duty in Afghanistan, Ben suffered severe injuries after his Land Rover hit a land mine – leaving him with 39 separate injuries and the loss of both of his legs. Defying the doctors' beliefs, who had him written off on the battlefield, Ben is still soldiering on and a serving member of his regiment. However, while he continues his rehabilitation, Ben applied to Soldier On! to develop his IT skills.

Rob Lusher and Martin Simmelker from Fujitsu, a member of the Employers Forum for Disability, provided their expertise and recommendations to Ben when they met face to face. Outlining the work that a large global ICT solutions provider such as Fujitsu does, they were able to discuss the different types of IT skills and how he can best develop them. Fujitsu provided a post-assessment report and training suggestions designed to help Ben shape his skills.

Nicholas Harrison, founder and MD of Soldier On!, comments, "It can often be difficult for service personnel to get back into everyday life, especially if they’ve been through something as traumatic as Ben. However, links with companies such as Fujitsu, make it possible for this group of individuals to be able to feel like they have a chance at a normal life after injury."

Martin Simmelker, Fujitsu, said "It was inspiring to meet someone who has been so deeply affected by battle and yet was so full of motivation and drive. It is clear that Ben is completely committed to achieving his goals and getting the most from life and I hope that we have provided him, in some way, with the tools to do just that."

Notes to editors: Soldier On!

Ben served with the 7 Para RHA “The Airborne Gunners”, which included doing tours of Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2006, Ben suffered horrific injuries, following a collision with a landmine, which left him with 39 separate injuries as well as the loss of both his legs. Ben is now a patron for the Pilgrim Bandits Charity (Care for Amputees), an organisation set up by former members of the Parachute Regiment and the Special Air Service.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: uk.fujitsu.com

Graham Goulden

Phone: Phone: + 44 (0) 843 354 9568
E-mail: E-mail: graham.goulden@uk.fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Rajinder Kaur Khakh

Phone: Phone: + 44 (0) 20 7861 2800
E-mail: E-mail: teamfujitsu@harvard.co.uk
Company:Harvard PR

Date: 01 March, 2012
City: London

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