Andy Grant, who has been through more than most people will experience in their lifetime, has been speaking to Carr Hill students about the importance of attitude and facing challenges.
The former Royal Marine Commando, who was blown up five months in to a tour to Afghanistan, spent two weeks in a coma and 18 months in and out of hospital before deciding to have his leg amputated for a better quality of life. Prior to this, at 12 years old, Andy lost his mum to leukaemia, leaving him to help his dad bring up his two younger sisters. Andy, has climbed some of the highest mountains in the world, learnt to ski and surf, and recently became the fastest single leg amputee in the world over 10km; clocking a time of 37:17.
Mrs Somers said: “Although what Andy has been through is unique, the problems and adversities we all face in our daily lives are very similar. Andy shared his story about how he went on to become the world’s fastest single leg amputee in the world over 10km and climbed some of the world’s highest mountains. All since making the decision himself, to have his leg amputated. He helped our students see that life will put you in all kinds of challenging situations, but it need not determine you as a person – it’s how you react to these challenges.”
Year 9 Tyler said: “I thought Andy was a really nice guy and his mindset was so positive- it was inspiring. His talk has made me think about how important it is to be thankful for what you have and that even if things aren’t going well you should look for the positives and new possibilities.”