Meet Our Speakers
Making Generation R has over 90 Speakers who have all been professionally trained to share their stories. You can meet a few of them here.
“I could stay like that for 50 years and do absolutely nothing… or I could look at my old life, which I loved, and try to get it back.” - Combat Paramedic, British Army
After being paralysed when a car reversed in front of her motorbike in October 2008, Nerys initially found her disability extremely tough to deal with. The keen athlete went from training for 23 hours a week and taking part in triathlons, running, swimming and mountaineering, to being unable to lead an independent life.
Since then, she has achieved so much; medals in track and field, handcycling, swimming, basketball and weightlifting at the Warrior and Invictus Games; she has represented Wales in Para-Powerlifting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games; joined the Armed Forces Para Snowsports Team; and set both British and World records in indoor rowing.
“It was at that moment I went right, my arm’s gone, my legs are gone. I accepted that this choice had been made for me. It was time to move on.” - Corporal, British Army
On New Year’s Eve 2010, Josh was blown up two months into his third tour of Afghanistan after stepping on an IED and had to have both his legs and right arm amputated. The blast also damaged his remaining left hand. Josh also suffered damage to his spine, nerve damage and he also had a pulmonary embolism.
Josh missed being able to play football, as it was a huge passion in his life but since being injured, he has achieved some coaching qualifications and now helps manage the local team for whom he used to play. Josh recently became the world’s first triple-amputee Rescue Diver.
HARI BUDA MAGAR
“It’s up to us and it’s up to you, to be whatever kind of person you want to be. Think about who you want to be and what kind of life you want to live.” - British Army, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles
Hari joined the military aged 19 and passed the rigorous selection process for the elite Royal Gurkha Rifles, part of a brigade composed of Nepalese soldiers which has served in the British Army for over 200 years. He served across five continents in roles such as a sniper, in covert surveillance and as a team medic.
In 2010 Hari lost both his legs after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), and went through an intense period of rehabilitation, testing both his physical and mental resilience.
Since his injury, Hari has really pushed himself, learning again how to skydive, ski, kayak and rock-climb without his legs, but his dream of climbing the world’s highest mountain is paramount. Hari is planning his expedition to climb Mount Everest, and will be the first above knee, double amputee to attempt to reach the summit.
“If you are struggling, please don’t struggle in silence. Speak to your family, speak to your friends. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today.” - 101 Engineer Regiment, British Army
On his second tour of Afghanistan as a bomb disposal specialist, an IED was triggered and exploded. Jack lost both his legs and spent a month in an induced coma. Nearly 4 years of rehabilitation followed.
Jack competed in the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, winning the bronze medal for breaststroke and also took part in the 2019 London Marathon.
“I feel freedom when riding. I’m away from the chair, I can go at speed! Nobody knows I’m disabled when I’m on a horse so it’s a level playing field.” - Royal Navy
Susi became wheelchair-bound 20 years ago after suffering a spinal injury when she fell from an assault course during training in the Royal Navy. This left her without mobility from the waist down and needing the permanent use of a wheelchair.
She has adapted to her severe injury and gone on to become one of the UK’s top disabled horse riders. She coached riders for the paralympics and has also qualified herself for the paralympics in show-jumping.
“Their family would swap with me tomorrow to have their loved one back, regardless of the injuries, and be thankful for it. So I have to be thankful for what I’ve got and that’s where I feel very lucky.” - Royal Logistics Corps, British Army
Ken was serving with the British Army in Afghanistan when he sustained life-changing injuries in an IED blast. He lost both his legs, shattered his pelvis and badly wounded his hands. Ken’s story is incredibly powerful and he talks about the strength his family give him, the role his children have played in motivating and inspiring him and how important it is to be grateful.
“We’ve all got challenges, whether small or big… but the best among us, is the person who embraces those challenges and turns them into opportunities.” - British Army
Pa lost both of his legs in Afghanistan after stepping on a roadside bomb. He went through intensive rehabilitation and went on to study for a business degree at university. Pa keeps himself very active in both his career and sports. He competed in the Invictus Games in sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby and athletics.
“With great will and determination, life is what you make it.” - Special Forces Reserve, British Army
Having always wanted to be a pilot, Jamie travelled to Florida to undertake his training. However, at the age of 32 his life changed forever when his cockpit caught on fire during a flight and resulted in him sustaining 60% 3rd degree burns to his body. Jamie has had to undergo over 50 operations. His story is one of true grit and determination.
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 voicelessDavid, 3 Rifles veteran