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In October 2009, Corporal Andy Reid, was blown up by a Taliban IED while on patrol with the 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan. Despite being injured so badly that he lost both legs and his right arm, the inspirational hero defied the odds and within one month, was meeting up with members of his patrol once again. 

What Andy has achieved since then is little short of unbelievable. The triple-amputee is a father, husband, skydiver, cyclist, charity fundraiser and now an ambassador of the Morson Group, providing a stronger voice for the excellent work that we do in supporting ex-armed forces personnel to transition and reintegrate into successful civilian careers. Currently, we have more than 500 ex-military personnel working on client projects throughout the UK and overseas. 

Describing himself as a survivor, not a victim, Andy’s attitude to overcoming adversity and not letting the severity of his injuries prevent him from moving forward has enabled him to become an inspirational motivational speaker. 

As a Morson Group ambassador, Andy delivered a powerful talk around the power of goal setting and self-belief at our half-yearly event, which was followed by a further evening talk at Lillie Bridge Depot in London with our LUL track gangs working on the Track Delivery Unit. 

Andy said: 

“The Morson Group work in a tough industry with lots of pressure to reach targets. Through my own story, I was able to share the importance of goal setting and that by working hard, anything is achievable."

 “When on site, I talked about the importance of PPE. In Afghan, the body armour that we wear is extremely heavy but having that meant that I suffered no internal injuries during the blast. Some of my patrol lost their eyesight because they didn’t wear their glasses and the shrapnel hit their eyes."

“I hope that my story and sharing the challenges that I have and continue to face gave the inspiration needed to push that extra 10 per cent in their daily lives.” 

Graham Timbers, rail operations director at Morson’s London division, added: 

“From the moment Andy started talking, we were hooked. He’s an incredible person that’s faced huge challenges. His messages around prioritising tasks and the importance of teamwork, by knowing all your mates have your back, was so powerful and judging by all the pictures and handshakes afterwards, showed how captivating he was."

“The nighttime LUL talk was also attended by our clients and even our competitors, to share this experience with the wider rail workforce. It was a night to remember and hopefully, everyone will learn from Andy’s own experiences to inspire an even greater culture towards collaboration and health and safety.” 

Andy also recently completed the Warrior Challenge, which involved a 400-mile cycle and 125-mile kayak over 14 days in memory of six soldiers killed in an explosion of their Warrior vehicle in Afghanistan in 2012. The Warrior Challenge began in Lytham St Anne’s, where Andy was joined by Morson Group CEO, Ged Mason, for the first leg of the cycle to Huddersfield.

If you’re a veteran looking for employment get in touch with pat.mcmullan@morson.com or for more information go to our dedicated ex-forces page.

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