I joined the army in 1986, specialising within a reconnaissance regiment. Within this role I saw various operational tours throughout the world.
In 2003 I served in Bosnia. It was a complete change to everything we had seen whilst stationed there before during previous tours. In 2003 I returned, and this is the tour my life changed, the tour when I met Stefan Savic. I was organising a meeting when I accidental came across the minister of defence, and after a short conversation was introduced to Milos, Stefan’s father………….
In 2000 I received an injury in and unfortunately this took it toll in 2004 when I was medically discharged. Wanting to capitalise on the energy I had witnessed whilst watching the medical staff treat Stefan I decided to become a paramedic so joined Dorset Ambulance Service, now South Western Ambulance Service in January 2005, as a Emergency Medical Technician and in 2007 my goal was achieved when I became a paramedic, specialising on motorcycle response.
Wanting to enhance my remote medicine skills and give to those less fortunate than us I returned to the middle east in 2010 as a paramedic remote medical practitioner. In 2011 I went to Mauritania as the emergency response paramedic on a gold mine. When the contract ended in 2012 I was invited to stay on with the company as the health and safety manager for their exploration department gaining the grand title, Exploration Health and Safety Superintendent. One day I was invited to visit an orphanage in Nouadhibou. The orphans had nothing, no bedding, no working light bulbs, broken flooring within the toilet which allowed rats and scorpions to enter the building, they didn’t even have any toys except one lone doll pinned to the wall to show the children what it was. I walked away heartbroken and with tears in my eyes so I organised a bike ride between the two cities in Mauritania, Nouakchott and Nouadhibou but due to the kidnap threat I then decided on a 24 hour bike ride using gym bikes. 24 people would each ride for 1 hour throughout the 24 hour period, involving both local nationals and expat personnel. It was named “Ride a Mile N bring a smile”. This was a complete success with enough money raised to build a brand new orphanage, complete with beds, chairs, study tables and TOYS.
In 2013 I was aware that the ten year point for any future surgery for Stefan was approaching so I asked the family for their permission to start another fundraising event. This was another complete success with over £30000 being raised to allow Stefan to have his corrective nose surgery he required. Due to a kind donation from the public insurance fund of Banja Luka it also allowed for the excess funds to be offset with Facing The World so Stefan would be guaranteed his last operation in 2016. There was a total of £5163 left in Stefan’s account so this was donated to Julia’s House in July 2014.
My household is complete with 2 boys and 2 girls, Harry 18, Toby 16, Freya 7 and Lili 5. It’s a wonderfully happy home all held together by my beautiful wife Cara and the dog Barny
During my spare time I man the response cars for South Western Ambulance Service giving medical aid to the populous of Dorset. This gives me immense pride as not only do we help those in need of assistance but people allow us the trust to enter their houses to help their love ones. That’s a trust you cannot betray.