James Kenealey ex-forces
Morson spent time with ex-forces ambassador Andy Reid last week ahead of Remembrance Day 2018, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
At All Saints in Rainford, veteran Andy's local church, we spoke to him among the tributes laid outside the church about how he planned to spend Armistice Day 2018 on 11th November.
I hope as a nation we can all sit down and have a minute at 11 o'clock and think about loved ones and think about the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice to give us the freedoms we take for granted today.
The churchyard offered a poignant backdrop with hundreds of poppies decorating both the walls of the church and the grounds surrounding it. Many of the poppies were tagged with the names of local soldiers who had lost their lives across both the First and Second World Wars. For Andy, loss is another feeling he experiences first hand as the nation remembers the fallen:
I've been in conflict myself in several operational tours. Most recently was Afghanistan where I got injured and where I lost a few friends myself. On [Remembrance Day] I'll be looking back and reflecting on the time I spent with those guys before they lost their lives and also reflecting back to my grandfather who was my initial inspiration for joining the armed forces, who unfortunately isn't with us anymore.
On Sunday 11th November, Morson CEO Ged Mason joined Andy in St Helens at their memorial ceremony and laid a wreath in memory of the fallen.
Corporal Andy Reid lost both his legs and his right arm after stepping on an IED plate whilst serving with the 3rd Batallion, Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009. Andy's story has inspired those at Morson and beyond, and as our official ambassador has worked to help other ex-forces members transition in civilian life with the the help of our recruiters.