Inspirational account of overcoming adversity

North Kelsey WI news

Alan gave what one member described as “the most inspirational talk we have ever had.”

He lost a leg as a young boy due to MRSA and then lost his other leg in a car crash, but he has never let his disability interfere with his ambitions.

Even though wheelchair bound, Alan still has a full working life, having been a transport manager and worked in security.

As his childhood years were spent mostly in hospital, he missed out on a full education. He made up for this later on, graduated as a teacher and now teaches in the North Lindsey College.

He has also received an honorary doctorate from York University.

Alan supports many charities, particularly ones for children. He takes part in triathlons and has also taken part in the London Marathon. Although it took seven and a half hours, he did finish, even with badly-blistered hands.

The whole evening had started on a high as long-serving member and former president Jackie Cheetham’s award of the MBE.

The flower of the month was won by Pauline Ellis with a hellebore and the competition for a sports trophy was won by Margaret Smith with a trophy for long-distance swimming.