This is a picture of Andy Reid, on the right, before he lost his legs and arm. He was a legendary guy then but even more so now as we watch him manage his lifestyle to day. He is beside his mate , Josh Moxon who fought beside him in Helmand but Josh is running for Andy on Sunday at the St Helen's 10k run. This is what it is all about 'comradeship forged on the battlefield' which lasts for ever. I wish them both good luck and particularly for the last mile when Andy will be walking it on his prosthetic legs. Incredible.
The helium filled balloons were released as Andy started his run. We had a good crowd and thetre aws lots of exposure. Good to see Bombardier Ben Parkinson who was there on the grid with Andy. He told me about his hand bike and he was bewailing the colour purple which doesn't go well with his favourite colour Para red!!
Here are some hoods from the Regional Planning Group up at York on 3 Feb. Colonel Nick Millen on the right who is the Gauleiter of Catterick, Jeremy Gaskell who is such a master of fundraising in the North, We shall surely miss him when he goes at the end of the year. Other hoods are Robbie Scott-Bowden the ubiquitous Scotsman and Jim Duffy the Northern briefer who had just picked up the new van. It looks great and he told me that after he had picked it up and he was driving up the A1 he was getting enthusiastic hoots from those overtaking or he may have been overtaking them, I hope not!