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In the face of adversity, some individuals not only survive but emerge stronger, inspiring those around them with their resilience and determination.

One such remarkable individual is Andy Reid MBE, a war veteran who faced life-changing challenges but turned them into opportunities for growth and service.

In a recent visit to the College, Andy shared his experiences with our Public and Uniformed Services and Inclusive Learning students, shedding light on his remarkable journey, as well as his charity the Standing Tall Foundation, and the various fundraising opportunities available within the charity.

While serving in the British Army in Afghanistan in 2009, Andy experienced a life-changing event when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and lost both his legs and right arm.

Despite the immense physical and emotional challenges, Andy's determination and strength allowed him to redefine his life and find inspiration in serving others.

Despite the difficulties he faced, Andy openly shares his personal and emotional journey with students, aiming to educate and inspire them.

He discussed the challenges of adjusting to life with prosthetic limbs and the emotional impact of losing a limb, and highlighted the significance of mental strength and the support of loved ones in the healing process.

One of the highlights of Reid's visit was the discussion about his charitable organisation, the Standing Tall Foundation.

The foundation aims to support individuals who have suffered life-changing injuries, particularly veterans and their families. The organisation provides a range of services, including physical and emotional rehabilitation, mentorship, and financial assistance.

Andy encouraged students to get involved in fundraising opportunities to support the Standing Tall Foundation's mission.

By participating in these initiatives, students could help contribute to the rehabilitation and well-being of those who have sacrificed so much for their country.

Andy's visit had a strong impact on the students, serving as an inspiration for many of our students who are looking to pursue careers that require compassion and service, demonstrating the ability of overcoming challenges through courage, determination, and a commitment to helping others.

His story also resonated with our Inclusive Learning students, emphasising the importance of creating inclusive environments that cater to diverse needs.

Andy's story serves as a powerful reminder that even in the face of life's most challenging circumstances, we can stand tall and make a positive difference in the world.

If you would like to support and donate to the Standing Tall Foundation, visit their JustGiving page.

Andy Reid MBE