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2015 Against All Odds Award

By on 20th April 2015

Put forward by the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, it was Andy’s selflessness and ongoing effort to help others that caught the judges’ attention. The nomination submitted by his wife, Claire Reid, highlights some of the altruistic activities Andy has accomplished since losing his right arm and both his legs in Afghanistan in 2009.

Having raised over £150,000 for various military charities with events such as a 90-mile kayak, sky diving, cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, and abseiling off the Big One in Blackpool, Andy also began his own charity: AIM (, to help all amputees move forward with their lives.
Among his many activities, Andy acts as an ambassador for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, a cancer charity and for the Forces Children’s Trust. He has become a motivational speaker and is author of the successful book, Standing Tall.

One of the outstanding elements of Claire Reid’s nomination of her husband for the Soldiering On Awards was in her closing statement:
“His (Andy’s) attitude to Life is ‘I am a survivor, not a victim’ and he wants to show the world he can do anything.”
Andy was recognised at the 2015 Soldiering On Awards held Saturday 18th April at the Park Plaza Westminster in London.

The 2015 Soldiering On Award winners included:

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  1. Gordon McFadden

    20th April 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Having participated along with Andy at a number of Amputee events around the country when I have attended representing United Amputees and Andy representing Aim, I can absolutely say Andy helps both Professionals and Amputees with his Story.

    One of the tenets Andy projects so well is the need of inclusion of all injured people and not solely, Injured Returning Military Personnel.

    I Believe Andy would agree with me when I say, we the civilian Amputee population with many thousands of years of Amputee Life Experience have an awful lot of support to offer each other and we should work even more closely together over the decades to come, for the sake of those who come to disability after us. The next Generations of Amputees.

    I cannot think of a man more deserving of this fabulous Award.

    Hoping to see you again soon Andy.

    Gordon McFadden
    United Amputees Charity (1159822)

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