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Ministry of Defence compensates talented chef

A talented chef, who was serving in the British army, sustained injuries that were so severe he can no longer work within his trade.  Hopewell Marindire, from Kettering, had been posted to Sennerlager training camp in Germany where he had been working in below freezing temperatures.  He developed a condition known as ‘non freezing cold injury’ which caused him numbness, permanent intolerance to cold temperatures, damage to tissues and in considerable pain.  The chef, who was originally from Zimbabwe, had been working in conditions as low as 14 degrees Celsius wearing nothing more than standard issue cotton socks and leather boots on his feet.  This was despite the fact that it is well know within the military that soldiers of African origin are more susceptible to injuries caused by cold weather.

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