News About Your Ticket
Has anyone ever had that email from the National Lottery saying “We have News about Your Ticket” and for one brief moment your heart skips a beat and you think what if? Then you log in and realise you have won £2.70 and the only viable option with that is probably to buy another ticket.
According to the Euromillions website, the odds of winning the jackpot stand at 1:139,838,160, and whilst it is such a long shot many of us from time to time buy a ticket in the hope we might just luck out and win.
One of the great privileges of this job is that you get to work with inspirational speakers that have often defied the odds to achieve something great or overcome unbelievable adversity and survived to tell their compelling story.
These are just a few of the speakers we work with who have defied the odds
Anthony Bennett was given only a 10%chance of survival, when in 2006, after returning from a trip to Disneyland Paris he fell extremely ill and was left fighting for his life. The cause was narrowed down to the air conditioning within the coach and affected 80% of students on the trip but left Anthony with:
10% chance of survival after contracting 3 viral infections – Streph-Pneumonia, Influenza, and Staphylococcus; His white blood cells reduced to zero; He was resuscitated and brought back to life an amazing 12 times; He relearnt how to walk, talk, and breathe again after spending 3 weeks on an Extra Corporal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine
After making a full recovery, Anthony played a major role in winning a £7.5m Charity Partnership between Whitbread PLC and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Jon White is a former Royal Marine, who while on his final military command was on patrol in Afghanistan with his Troop, stepped on a Pressure Plate Improvised Explosive Device, and lost three limbs.
Since June 2010 he has been on the road to recovery, continually seeking new challenges and proving that a strong will and sharp mind can overcome almost anything.His completion of the Devizes to Westminster Kayak Race in April 2012 epitomised this. He and his colleague Colour Sergeant Lee Waters Royal Marines completed the race in just over 28Hrs and were awarded the Gluckstein Trophy for their endeavour. Building a family home was a different challenge, testing his ability to lead in a domain where he had no knowledge. Channel 4’s Grand Designs documented this successful project.
Martine Wright MBE is a Paralympian and inspirational and motivational speaker, who lost both legs in the Circle line bombing during the 2005 terrorist attacks in London.
The day after London had won the Olympic Games Bid, Martine was on the Circle Line Tube train that was targeted by a suicide bomber. Sat three feet away from the bomber, Martine was trapped for over an hour, losing 80% of her blood supply as well as both legs above the knees.
Remarkably she survived and after a year of rehab and learning to walk on prosthetics, she slowly rebuilt her life. Living life to the full, Martine not only got married but learned to skydive, got her pilots license and became captain of the British Paralympic Sitting volleyball team, and competing for Great Britain at the London 2012 Paralympics
Joe Simpson, one of the world’s best-known mountaineers, has drawn from his experiences to become a leading author and motivational speaker. “Touching the Void”, the story of his amazing survival, having shattered his leg and been left for dead in a crevasse high in the Andes, has sold over a million copies worldwide.
Joe brings his knowledge and powerful stories to the corporate sector as an amazing motivational speaker. His story, Touching the Void, can be tailored to provide relevance and motivation for virtually every type of business audience.
Fabrice Muamba is an inspirational speaker and a former footballer who was forced to retire from the game when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch playing against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.
In one for the most distressing scenes in the history of football, Fabrice collapsed on the pitch mid-match against Tottenham, and despite his heart stopping for 78 minutes, thanks to the quick response of the medical team and due to his level of fitness, he went on to make a remarkable recovery, finally being discharged from hospital just over a month later.
Debra Searle MVO MBE first hit the headlines when she set out to row across the Atlantic with her husband. Unfortunately, he had to be rescued so Debra, a novice rower, continued alone and rowed 3000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados. It should have taken them six weeks but, to achieve her goal, Debra ended up spending 3 ½ months at sea alone, encountering 30′ waves, sharks, and force 8 squalls in her 23-foot plywood boat. Since returning from this adventure, Debra has gone on to undertake solo & team expeditions across the globe, including canoeing the Yukon River for a BBC documentary with Bruce Parry, sailing the Southern Ocean, and racing in the Monte Carlo Rally in a 1957 Alfa Romeo.
Simon Weston CBE is an inspirational and motivational speaker who suffered 46% burns to his body when he was severely injured in the Falklands War in 1982.
His story was picked up in the documentary Simon’s War and was followed by millions of people across the UK. Simon has endured years of reconstructive surgery and has undergone over 70 operations and yet has an endearing positive spirit, that has made him one of the UK’s most respected and inspirational icons.
His message is one of achievement, of triumph in the face of adversity, and of seizing the moment and succeeding.
For more details on any of them or if you interested in working with them please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org