At the age of 28, one could say Andrew was ‘living the dream’.
He was ambitious, successful and traveled around the majority of the world. Andrew remembers sitting on a rock in Goa, on a beautiful beach, thinking ‘how wonderful life is, what could possibly go wrong?’
Hours later whilst hitting a rock, diving into that same sea, he was lying face down, paralysed from the neck down, trying not to drown. Andrew suffered a level C4/C5 spinal cord injury.
Now years on, Andrew is still paralysed but life is far from over. His miraculous life story has continued, leading a life full of adrenalin! Sailing, skiing, mountain climbing and many charity activities to name but a few. Andrew has been able to do this in his wheelchair by controlling his movements with his chin. Andrew’s latest challenge was playing Steve Kelly on Emmerdale, one of the UK’s longest running television soap operas.
It is now Andrew’s mission to show people that everyone can live their dreams, no matter what comes their way, hoping that his life can demonstrate how a positive mental attitude can achieve great success in living life, education & business. Andrew’s message is one of positivity, humour and determination, to not only accept what is, but to turn that to your advantage.
Andrew is determined to climb Kilimanjaro in 2017.
A story told with irrepressible humour, infectious enthusiasm and immediately engaging personality, has made his speeches an instant success with companies, schools & colleges who invite him back to speak time and again. An inspiring and moving speaker, Andy is in demand as a keynote/motivational speaker. Andy has spoken at many events on Leadership, at City Dinner Events, Charity Fundraisers, Local Government event, with small audiences to large theatres filled with employees through to large PLCs. He has recently spoke to over 400 celebrities at the BBC Diversity Awards in Manchester.
“FANTASTIC role model. You cannot put a price on this.”
Andy Dickinson, St Josephs.
“Andy provided a phenomenal speech for our Charity Sportsmans Dinner & captivated the 200 strong audience with his life story. ”
Lyndsay Snodgrass, Trustee Debbie Plowman Happy Faces Trust.
“So inspiring, very engaging, captured the whole audience.”
Sarah Robinson (Head of PE)
“He defines the word ‘inspirational’ and made a big impression on everyone that came.”
Nick Hart, Head of CSR, Turner Broadcasting System Europe (CNN, Cartoon Network, TCM etc).
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