In 2009, whilst on patrol with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan, Corporal Andy Reid stood on a pressure plate Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a result of the explosion, he lost his right leg below the knee, left leg above the knee, and right arm.
After being flown back to the UK, Andy astounded people with his recovery by spending only 2 weeks in hospital being treated for his injuries before he was ready to make his first trip home. However before he could go home there was an urgent need for it to be made wheelchair accessible. The Soldiers’ Charity made an immediate grant to pay for a wheelchair ramp, alterations to the front entrance and a bed downstairs.
Since then our charity’s relationship with Andy has continued to develop; when he moved into a new home, we funded the cost for a floor lift so he could gain access around the entire house, and a wet room for the bathroom just to make life that little bit easier in coping with his injuries. He won The Sun’s Millie Award for Overcoming Adversity in 2010 and we were delighted when Andy and his lovely partner Claire tied the knot in 2011.
In turn, Andy has become a passionate Ambassador for the Charity, helping us to raise funds and awareness. He has undertaken two tandem skydives, taken part in the St Helen’s 10K Run, abseiled down the Big One in Blackpool and countless other activities. Andy has now been medically discharged from the Army and in late 2012 became a father to William. His autobiography ‘Standing Tall: The Inspirational Story of a True British Hero’ was published in 2013, and is a powerful read.
Andy says ‘After my discharge I chose to become even more involved with The Soldiers’ Charity because they support the full spectrum of the Army family. I have met amazing and inspirational people who test their physical and mental limit to raise much needed funds for others. I keep pushing myself forward to show other guys injured in service what can be done, that it’s not the end of the world and you can carry on as normal a life as possible’.