Olivia Metcalfe, Scott Meengh, Annabel Bowmen

Scott Meenagh

Scott's Story

Despite losing both legs, Scott remained completely composed and conscious during this time and once found, he calmly instructed his colleagues to carry out checks for further injury. The last thing Scott remembers is the drip being put in his arm. The next time he opened his eyes, his mum and dad were stood in front of him and he realised he was safely at Selly Oak Hospital.

Scott has made incredible progress in his recovery and has nothing but the highest praise for the support he has received along the way. Scott describes the Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex at Headley Court as “the best facility in the world, giving you all the tools for rehabilitation and that push in the right direction.”

Once settled into his rehabilitation Scott signed up to Help for Heroes funded Battle Back, which uses adaptive adventure training and sports rehabilitation to help wounded Service personnel gain confidence and return to an active life. Having tried sledge hockey, water-skiing, climbing and kayaking, Scott has just signed up for an equestrian course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has also competed in the Endeavour Games, and the first ever Warrior Games in America in 2012 where he took part in Sitting Volleyball and Handcycling.

Scott then started a job with the Help for Heroes supported Charity, Horseback UK where he worked for a year, coaching and instructing other wounded servicemen, women and veterans. 

After having a go at most sporting activities, Scott tried rowing at a Para rowing national development camp in September  2012. He was bitten by the bug and in July 2013 he began training full time at the  Scottish Rowing centre and training on the Great Britain  development pathway. Scott now trains around 12/15 times a week. He has competed in the British Championships and home international regatta where he represented Scotland. Scott also competed in the Invictus Games, where he was the rowing Team Captain and came home with 2 silver medals. He was also part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme (PiP) when Help for Heroes took a number of beneficiaries with a real interest in pursuing sport as a career to the Sochi Winter Paralympics to get an understanding of what elite sport is all about.

“Without Help for Heroes it is unlikely I would have really explored my interest in rowing. The Front Line 2 Start Line programme has accelerated me quickly from amateur to elite sport, and the H4H Grants Team funded my boat. On top of this, going to Sochi was an amazing experience and gave me a real understanding of the Paralympics and the workings of competitive sport. I am now hoping to compete in rowing at the next Paralympics.

“Help for Heroes is definitely the strongest foundation in supporting my rehab. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate everything they have done and are still doing for me. I feel like I can say ‘I’m really struggling with this’, or ‘This might sounds like a stupid question but what do I do about this’ and they will always go out of their way to help me. When you’re in a rut or you need something quick, Help for Heroes just get it. They do exactly what they say they are going to do. When I visited Tedworth House all my worries about leaving the Army disappeared. There are no catches, the choice is mine and I know their support is there for life whether I need it now or in the future.”