Linda Walton ACMA, CGMA
I first became aware of Josh and his horrific injuries in February 2011 when we were asked to provide a grant to help him access his home. At this time the Help for Heroes Quick Reaction Fund was being used to help casualties of Afghanistan and Iraq on a daily basis so this request wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for us. The generous people of our country donated to Help for Heroes for exactly this reason, to help our Wounded, Injured and Sick. We were just the guardians of these donations to help these brave men and women who had sacrificed so much.
What was extraordinary was the letter I received from Josh to say “thank you” and what a difference this had made to his life. This made me cry, to think that someone so young with these horrific injuries could be so humble and want to thank us after putting his life at risk to keep our country safe. It is us who are eternally grateful for his sacrifice.
Since then, I have met Josh many times and got to know the person behind the letter. Josh is one of those ‘glass half full’ people. I have never met anyone with such horrific injuries who is so forgiving and positive about his life and future. The courage he has shown in overcoming adversity is truly humbling and his ease at which he will tell you his story to help to inspire others with life changing injuries is a true talent.
I would thoroughly recommend Josh to you and you will definitely be entertained and inspired after meeting him.