Former Corporal Stuart Robinson, who has been supported by Help for Heroes on his recovery, won the Overcoming Adversity award at The Sun’s ninth annual Military Awards held in London last night.
Stuart served in the RAF and was involved in an IED incident in Afghanistan in 2013 which resulted in bi-lateral amputation of both of his legs.
From waking up in Hospital in 2013 and realising the life changing injuries, Stuart instantly made the decision that there was no way of turning back the clock. “Life begins now and there is no point in allowing it to define me. There were plenty of ups and downs but the decision to get involved with sport was a major one. Since picking up the phone and deciding to get involved in the Invictus Games, I haven't looked back.”
“When I originally attended the 2014 Invictus Games trials, I was lacking in self confidence in my ability within the sporting field and struggling to come to terms with the life changing injuries I had sustained only 18 months prior. Having the 2016 Invictus Games to aim towards gave me purpose, drive and determination to overcome adversity.”
“Winning a gold medal in the wheelchair rugby at the Invictus Games in 2014 only inspired me to push on and try and make something from sport. I have loved every minute of my sporting career so far and am always looking to push onto bigger and better.”
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and Fisher House also claimed a gong on the evening, winning the ‘Support to the Armed Forces’ award. Fisher House was built in 2013 at a cost of £4.2 million, with grant funding from Help for Heroes. Its mission is to provide free, comfortable accommodation for the families of wounded and severely ill troops and veterans. Help for Heroes provided a grant of £1.5m to support construction costs of the house, in addition to £500k for running costs, which equates to £50k a year for 10 years.
Others nominated for awards included Colour Sergeant Roger Coates who works at our Phoenix House Recovery Centre, Catterick where he is a Battle Back instructor - he has dedicated himself to inspiring and encouraging troops facing life changing injury and illness.
Lieutenant Ryan Morris, Commando Logistic Regiment, Royal Marines works closely with Help for Heroes Sports Recovery and has dedicated the last five years to supporting injured Royal Marines. He set up the Royal Marines Rehabilitation Triathlon which now boasts over 200 competitors.
Congratulations to all winners and nominees at the ninth ‘Millies’ awards.