In October 2009, Corporal Andy Reid MBE was blown up by a Taliban improvised explosive device while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Injured so badly, it was thought he would not survive, he defied the odds to the extent that, within a month, he was able to meet up with members of his patrol again.
Overcoming adversity, Andy has raised huge amounts of money for charities, completing a 100km Front Line Walk in France, riding a specially adapted bike and in 2017 he undertook the Warrior Challenge around the UK cycling 400 miles and kayaking 128 miles in 14 days.
The Sun’s Millie Award Winner for Overcoming Adversity in 2010. Awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for voluntary service to veterans and to people with disabilities in St Helens.
Author of best selling autobiography ‘Standing Tall’.
The OppO Foundation has been established to help ex-military personnel, their families and dependants on their return to civilian life.
Our objectives are to provide support in practical areas such as:
However life in the military is very different to life as a civilian and support is also needed to help people survive the culture change.
It is also important to recognise that support is not a one-sided affair.
The OppO Foundation provides support to military personnel returning to civilian life and also supports the civilian community to welcome and benefit from their return.