Leigh Miners Rangers are hoping to gain some inspiration from a wounded soldier ahead of this seasons campaign.
Corporal Andy Reid lost both his legs and his right arm after stepping on an IED plate whilst serving with the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009, will address the teams this Thursday at Leigh Miners Welfare Club in a unique event that we would like to share with all who would like to join us.
The event starts at 8:00pm on Thursday 18th February and is open to anyone that wishes to hear Andy’s incredible story.
He said: “The values and standards set in the army are similar to those on and off the rugby pitch. There is team-work involved in both which gives the players something to relate to”.
He astounded people with his recovery, spending only 2 weeks in hospital before returning home.
A testament to his attitude in overcoming such adversity, he doesn’t let the severity of his injuries stop him from going forward with a positive mindset. Andy has been skydiving and took part in a 10K Run. He won The Sun’s Millie Award for Overcoming Adversity in 2010.
Andy has recently finished his autobiography ‘Standing Tall – The Taliban nearly killed me… but they couldn’t take away my fighting spirit.‘.
He is an Ambassador for the ABF Soldier Charity, as well as a motivational speaker, working with some of the UK’s leading companies. There will be a bucket collection on the night to allow contribution to the charity.
His incredible story is one that has a lasting effect on all who hear him speak.