Simon Weston, Patron of TASC The Ambulance Staff Charity, is a tireless worker for the charity and his charitable work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours. Simon has since been honoured with a CBE in the New Years' Honours 2016.
In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life. Simon endured years of re-constructive surgery, including 70 major operations or surgical procedures.
Simon's story has been well publicised and he has been the subject of five major BBC Television documentaries: Simon's War, Simon's Peace, Simon's Triumph, Simon's Return and in April 1999, Simon's Journey. He has been a 'victim' on This is Your Life. His autobiography, Walking Tall, was No1 in the best selling list. Going Back was also a best seller being in the top 10 for eight weeks. He then wrote a series of fiction books with titles such as Cause of Death and Phoenix. His most recent book, Moving On was published in 2003 and sees Simon lay his Falklands ghosts to rest. Simon has also published 4 childrens books - the last Get Fit With Nelson was released in 2013.
In 2007 Simon presented a series of programmes for ITN, looking back at the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands War, and in 2008 again worked with ITN covering the 90th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. In 2012 he went back to the Falklands with war reporter Mike Nicholson and former marine Nick Taylor in a moving programme called Returning to the Falklands.
In 2013 Simon was voted by viewers of the BBC One Show to have his Portrait hung in the National Portrait Gallery, and in 2014 topped a poll conducted by Freuds on the Nations Favourite Hero. He was also involved in ITN`s coverage of the Anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Simon’s career clearly demonstrates how a positive mental attitude can achieve great business goals and he is an inspiring Patron for TASC The Ambulance Staff Charity.