Last Updated: Monday, December 12, 2016

War Hero Inspires Students

Students were inspired by Afghan War hero Ben Parkinson when he came to North Lindsey College to share his courageous story.

Students were inspired by Afghan War hero Ben Parkinson when he came to North Lindsey College to share his courageous story.

Ben, who is from Doncaster, suffered the loss of both legs, severe brain injuries and a broken spine whilst serving in Afghanistan; after his armoured Land Rover hit a mine in Helmand Province in September 2006.  He was in a state of coma for three months and doctors initially feared the worse.

Since then he has not let his injuries define him and has since learnt to walk and talk again; Ben said, “I'm glad to be here to see all the students, I hope that they can learn something from me and I hope that I can inspire them."

Students from both North Lindsey College and Doncaster College had the benefit of a question and answer session with Ben where he shared his experience in his recovery and answered questions. The focus was about having the ability to overcome adversity and to achieve your goals.

Organiser Alan Rayment, who also has had both of his legs amputated, said: “It was great to have Ben at the College, we had been interested in getting him here to speak to students for a while, it’s good for them to come into contact with someone who has a disability, like mine and Ben's position."

During the session, the students were shown a video clip of Ben training to get back to full fitness with his personal trainer.  The session left a lasting impression on the students.  Jordan Walker, a Sports student at North Lindsey College, said: "What inspired me about Ben is that he never gives up.  The more you believe and the more you want something, you will be able to achieve it."

Elisha Hughes said: "Made me feel emotional, he's such an inspiration and he was happy it was him and not one of his mates."

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