Saints Community Development Foundation [SCDF] Armed Forces Ambassador Andy Reid has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for voluntary service to veterans and to people with disabilities in St Helens.
Andy, from Rainford, was a corporal in 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, where he served 13 years before his injury and has won several awards including the Overcoming Adversity Award in 2010. He was also the first ever winner of the Pride of St Helens Award.
Andy became SCDF’s Armed Forces Ambassador in 2017 and has been an inspirational role model throughout the club.
Steve Leonard, SCDF director said: “Andy has committed his life to raising awareness and fundraising for amputees, both civilian and military and everyone at Saints Community Development Foundation is thrilled for him.
“I am proud to have him as an ambassador, but I am equally proud to call him my friend.”
Andy Reid MBE told the St.Helens Star: “It’s quite exciting. I feel like I did when we found out my wife Claire was pregnant because I’ve not been able to tell anyone until we get the all clear, but I’ve known about this for two weeks.
“So I’m excited to finally be able to let people know. I just feel so overwhelmed, shocked and honoured to be honest, 10 years ago when I was injured I never imagined this would happen, it was just about getting on with my life and doing what I could to help others.
“It’s honestly amazing, it’s not why I do what I do for the charity or helping disability charities, but it’s nice to get this recognition.”