Meet Our Speakers
Alex served with the Royal Marines. He lives in Liverpool and joined Making Generation R in 2016.
'I hope the young people feel that it’s a real and moving story. If that doesn’t resonate then I haven’t done my job properly. I’d love to think my story lasts more than the hour session. I hope that they recall upon my story and maybe find a solution to their adversity resulting in a positive outcome.'
Ali served with the Queen’s Alexander’s Army Nursing Corps. She lives in North Hampshire and joined Making Generation R in early 2018.
'I’ve come out of a catastrophic injury probably a better person and I hope I can contribute by showing that, no matter what your depths of despair, there is always a way out and a future.'
Allan served in the Royal Navy. He lives in Chard, Somerset, and began his training with Making Generation R in early 2018.
Archie served with the Royal Navy, as part of the Fleet Air Arm. He lives in West Sussex, and joined Making Generation R in 2016.
'When telling my story I feel as if maybe the unfortunate events that have happened to me can help others, even if it’s in a totally different context. It’s exhilarating and it’s exciting.'
Ash served with the Royal Engineers. He lives in Essex and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
Billy was a corporal in the British Army. He lives in London and began telling his story as part of Making Generation R in 2017.
Darren served with the Royal Green Jackets. He lives in the Lake District and has been telling his story with Making Generation R since 2016.
'Talking to a group can help you find your voice again – it certainly did that for me. This has provided a new career path for me that I would never have expected. You’re a band of brothers and sisters again – you train and rehearse together for a job, and then you go out and do it. There’s an adrenaline rush for sure, and it’s a lot of fun. It is fantastic for the Members, the facilitators, the schools and pupils.'
David joined the army, serving with 3 Rifles. He lives in Edinburgh and joined Making Generation R in January 2018.
'Blesma and MGR have really helped me to understand the importance of sharing my story. I never realized how powerful the impact of storytelling can be. When we hear people talking about their adversities it gives them a voice. The project has helped me become a voice for the voiceless.'
David began his career with The Royal Air Force in 1992. He lives in Nottingham and became a part of Making Generation R in January 2018.
'Since my accident Making Generation R has been one of the best programmes that I have been involved in. Retelling my story of how I overcame my injury has been like therapy and has increased my self confidence significantly. It is hoped that by working on this programme, I can give young people the skills to cope with adversity and lead fulfilling lives.'
Hari served with the First Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles. He lives in Kent and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
Ian L served with the Royal Marines. He lives in Somerset and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
"Through my talks I hope that I can demonstrate that things aren't insurmountable. With a bit of resilience, a path can be found through most problems big or small. By applying themselves (most times with the help of others) they can work things out."
Jamie H served with the Special Air Service. He lives in Hertfordshire and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
Jamie W served with the Royal Navy. He lives in Nottingham and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
'Life is a challenge. It’s a tough place.. . I want to help young people open their minds and change their mind set from ‘can’t do’ to ‘can do’. I want to show them that if they put their minds to it anything can be achieved. I want to show them not to judge people. To not fear change but to be bold and strong. I want to show them that I manage my blindness, it does not manage me. I want to help them to ‘see the ability’ and not my ‘disability’.'
Jason served with the Royal Marines. He lives in Aberdeen and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
'The Blesma and MGR organizations help restore my faith in humanity. The people that give up their time to support not only veterans but our young people truly inspires me to do more.'
Jessie served with the 1st Batallion of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Forester Regiment (1 WFR). He lives in Telford, Shropshire, and joined Making Generation R in early 2018.
'I hope to inspire young people to realize that every single one of them has resilience inside of them. I’m just a normal person whose had adversity and have got through the adversity by using resilience.'
Josh served with 9 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers. He lives in Reading, Berkshire and began telling his story with Making Generation R in January 2018.
'I do public speaking for a living now, so it was great to improve those skills, but I also want to give back to society. I want to go into underprivileged schools and help teenagers who haven’t had the type of upbringing I had. I can stand in front of them with three limbs missing and say my life is better now than it was when I was 24, when I was at the peak of my fitness. That shocks people! It also shows you that, although you may fail, there is somewhere else to go or something else to do. The moment you accept you’ve lost your legs, crashed your car or failed an exam is the moment you can just get on with life.'
Justin served with the 2 Rifles. He lives in Wiltshire and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
Ken joined the British Army and served with the Royal Logistics Corps as an Ammunition Technician. He lives in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and has been telling his story with Making Generation R since 2016.
'I hope young people realise it’s possible to overcome even the most difficult adversity, but it’s important to make them understand that any adversity needs to be dealt with and they should never think their problems aren’t worth mentioning.'
Kirk began his army career with the Mercian Regiment. He currently lives in London, and joined Making Generation R in 2017.
'I feel truly privileged to be able to share my story and if any lessons can be taken from my journey then I have achieved my aim. I am hoping that I can inspire and engage young people of all backgrounds in finding and realizing their own strengths and abilities.'
Lamin served with the Irish Guards. He lives in Manchester and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
Lionel served in the Royal Anglian Regiment and now lives in Essex. He joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
Luke served for the RAF regiment. He lives in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and has been telling his story with Making Generation R since 2016.
'It is all about helping others, even though I still benefit. I get to teach really important life lessons about resilience and overcoming adversity to young people. To be able to help someone to become more resilient before they need it, to give them the tools, they might need, is a fantastic opportunity'
Troy served as part of the Parachute Regiment and now lives in Halifax, Yorkshire. He joined Making Generation R in January 2018.
Mark joined the Royal Navy, serving with the Royal Marines. He lives in Plymouth and has been working with Making Generation R since 2016.
Martin served with the Royal Marines. He lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and began telling his story as part of Making Generation R in 2016.
'I’m able to tell my story in a way I’ve never done before. People are now with me when I tell my story. I gather them in and they are there with me on the cliff face. They are reliving my story with me. It was a good reminder to myself that there is no need to lack self-confidence and I have done some good things. It’s really raised my confidence. My story ends with me telling the audience my long-term goals, how you can overcome difficulties. I hope that children can see that you can overcome any problem that you may face and that there is always a way to get through them.'
Michael served as part of the Royal Air Force Police. He lives in Moray, Scotland, and began telling his story for Making Generation R in 2017.
Mick F served with the Royal Engineers. He lives in Suffolk and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
'Striving to convey to your audience that life after limb loss is not over, and that resilience is something that is in everybody, but sometimes needs to be brought out by the help of other people and organisations such as Blesma. I have been amazed by the responses of some of the children to my story, and hope that in some way I have helped them to overcome some of their challenges in the coming years.'
Mike served with the Royal Navy. He lives in Somerset and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
'Blesma and MGR have given me a new purpose to go and speak to young people and help them be resilient.'
Neil served with the The Royal Corps of Signals. He lives in Dorset and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
'I hope to show young people that people can come back from absolutely everything.'
Nerys joined the Army as a combat paramedic with the Royal Army Medical Corps. She lives in Ascot, Surrey, and became a part of Making Generation R in early 2018.
'I’ve never been the most confident in a big group of people, or been an arty, theatrical person, I have always been nervous, so taking part in this was a crazy journey. I’ve discovered I can interact with people and change the way they think. Making Generation R showed me that I have a bigger skill set. I used to think; ‘Why would anyone listen to me?’ But I know they will now because I have these new skills!'
Nigel served with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. He lives in Bristol, and joined Making Generation R in 2017.
'I can understand the peer pressure, adversity and bullying that young people go through, so I wanted to do my bit. I’ve never really needed help with my confidence so, for me, this training was about getting help with structuring my story in a better way. It was incredibly emotional hearing everyone’s stories, but it was also very inspiring. I felt that hearing Blesma Members’ stories would help and inspire kids.'
Richard is still in service with the British Army. He lives in Norwich and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
'Resilience isn’t just overcoming an amputation or coping with a life changing situation, it’s coping with a failed exam, argumentative parents or bullying on social media. Resilience is a measure of how much you want something and how much you are willing, and able, to overcome obstacles to get it. We are all resilient, often without even realising!'
Rodger served with the Kings Hussars. He lives in Lancashire and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
'When I’m telling my story I feel helpful. I feel like I’m helping young minds realize that they are not the only ones having issues and hope to help them to come back from those issues.'
Simon joined the Army, serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He lives in Winchester and has been giving his talk as part of Making Generation R since 2016.
'Making Generation R is the only programme run by a service charity which allows injured veterans the opportunity to learn, earn and give back to society. The effect this programme has on veterans is immense - we can’t necessarily work full time so having the opportunity to do something constructive which is rewarding is essential because it gives back so many different things; self-esteem, confidence, all those sorts of things.'
Stephan served with the 3 Rifels. He lives in Somerset and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
'Resilience is being able to carry on no matter what. I am very impressed by young people. A recent group said that they thought of acceptance as being part of resilience. I was amazed by that, they’re only 11 years old and that was really uplifting for me, because acceptance is a big thing. You can clearly see that they have got it it them, it’s just trying to unlock it.'
Steve C served with the Royal Artillery. He lives in Leicester and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
'I hope to be an inspiration to young people. I hope to put across that if you are injured, disabled or anything else- don’t give up. There’s always something else you can do.'
Shaun served with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh. He lives in North Wales and has been sharing his story as part of Making Generation R since 2016
Stewart served with 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards, and now lives in North Wales.
Stuart joined the British Army serving with the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment. He lives in Colchester and began telling his story as part of Making Generation R in 2016.
Susi served with the Royal Navy. She lives in King’s Lynn and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
"I am hoping to broaden student’s awareness that they are not on their own. There will be blips when they get older but I hope that our talks will help them through."
Terry served with the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Vikings). He lives in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, and has been telling his story with Making Generation R since 2017.
Tom served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He lives in Staffordshire and joined Making Generation R in December 2018.
Troy served as part of the Parachute Regiment and now lives in Halifax, Yorkshire. He joined Making Generation R in January 2018.