Hilary Meredith Solicitors has appointed army veteran, triple amputee and author Andy Reid as a community ambassador for the firm.
In 2009, serving in the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, Andy had only 10 days left in the Middle East when he stood on an improvised explosive device (IED). His injuries were such that he lost both legs, one above the knee and his right arm. While he admits there were times when he wished ‘the Taliban bomber had been better at his job and finished me off completely’, Andy has since gone on to forge a successful career as an author, businessman, key note speaker and fundraiser for military charities.
Andy published his award-winning book, Standing Tall, in 2014. The book tells two stories. One is of Corporal Reid, an infantry-section commander with Burma Company, 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. The other tells of Andy Reid, triple-amputee skydiver, cyclist, charity fundraiser, husband and father. Together, they tell a tale of astounding courage; not just the courage to face the enemy under fire, day after day, in often appalling conditions, but also what Napoleon called ‘three-o’clock-in-the-morning courage’, the ability to respond to disaster and to overcome the inner demons and to overcome the inner demons that accompany it.
Commenting on the firm’s partnership with Andy, Mark Farrell, Managing Director at Hilary Meredith Solicitors said:
“Andy is a truly inspirational man and we are delighted to be working with him to make a positive change in the military community. We have a shared passion to support service personnel, veterans and their families.”
Said Andy Reid:
“I’m delighted to be working with Hilary Meredith Solicitors. The firm needs no introduction in the military community – their campaigning and support of service personnel and veterans had had a positive impact on hundreds of families throughout the country.”