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South East conference keynote: Walk tall – Simon Weston CBE


Looking back to 1982, the war between Britain and Argentina following the latter’s invasion of the Falkland Islands seems some time ago.

However, for Simon Weston, his journey since then has seen him undergo 96 operations. He suffered 46 per cent burns when 48 of his colleagues were killed as their ship Sir Galahad was bombed by the Argentinian air force.

At this session, Simon shared his triumph over adversity. He spoke of an acceptance of change, and his motivational words were well-received by delegates at a time when our sector is undergoing considerable change. Having become a patron for a number of charities that support people living with disfigurements, Simon emphasised that the only obstacles to achieving one's targets and successes are those you create for yourself.

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