“When I stepped on an IED I thought my life was over. Thankfully it wasn't and whilst I will never get used to having only one arm and one leg, my injuries’ have not defined me, they have just changed my life”
I am a 31 year old guy who managed not only to recover from horrific injuries sustained when I stepped on a Taliban landmine on February 28th 2008 but since then I have become a verypopular motivational speaker, an accidental entrepreneur and the media seem to like me too.
I like to develop properties and have a tendancy to push myself to the limit too. I ran my first London Marathon just 12 months after losing the two limbs and yet again 12 months after that - the 2nd time without realising I had a stress fracture in my stump. I have also climbed to Everest Base Camp and completed the Three Peaks Challenge which was probably the hardest thing I have ever done.
Prince Harry very kindly called me a hero after he flew home from Afghanistan on the same flight as me. I actually don't remember anything after they knocked me out for the journey but I have met him a number of times since and he is a great guy. My enthusiasm for speaking was boosted enourmously by former SAS Commando and best selling author Andy McNab who paid me a fabulous compliment when he said, "Ben is an absolute natural. His courage and positivity are infectious and his optimism in the face of adversity makes him an inspiration to everyone."
I suppose the biggest part of my rehabilitation is my resilience. After all .....
“I’m alive, aren’t I? I’m the same person. I’m just missing two limbs, which I lost fighting for my country. How can I complain about that?”
Ben is always raising money for something and he is passionate about Child Bereavement UK. In 2012 he completed the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in support of the fantastic work done by the Child Bereavement UK and if you wish to make a donation Ben would be delighted as every penny helps. Donate Today!