St.Helens R.F.C paid tribute to our Ambassador Andy Reid MBE during the Super League Grand Final win after #10yearsstandingtall was embroidered on the players' shirts to acknowledge his work with the club 10 years on from sustaining life changing injuries.
Andy’s story is inspirational.
It’s 10 years since the former Corporal, who served for 15 years with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons), was injured in October 2009, while serving in Afghanistan, losing both his legs and an arm.
Since his injury, Andy, from Rainford, has shown true courage and now he is living life to full and talking a message of hope to schools and young offenders.
He launched an autobiography detailing his life, called Standing Tall, and over the years has won several awards including the Overcoming Adversity Award in 2010 and he was also the first ever winner of the Pride of St Helens Award.
Andy became SCDF’s Armed Forces Ambassador in 2017, helping launch the Veterans of the Foundation and has been an inspirational role model throughout the club.
Earlier this year he was rewarded for his Ambassadorial efforts by being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for voluntary service to veterans and to people with disabilities in St Helens.
We thank Andy for his work with St.Helens R.F.C.