Glenn Parker served with the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment, before a severe assault sadly ended his military career. He is now a Senior Personal Trainer at Ultimate Performance in Mayfair.
"As an 18 year old, I graduated from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, then progressed to join the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment with active service from 1999-2003. While serving, I was involved in a severe assault, which left me in army medical care for the next year. I went on to make an almost full physical recovery, but was left with significant epileptic seizures as a result of my injuries, and to my great sadness, I could no longer serve in the Armed Forces.
"During my time in various UK military hospitals, I received the most outstanding medical care possible anywhere in the world. My rehabilitation defined in me the belief that I could go on, despite medical opinion, and still lead a full, active, fit, healthy and strong life, be it away from the Army. I am proud of the career I have carved out for myself as a Senior Personal Trainer since I left the Army, but I know that's where it all started for me, and I am who I am today, in the most part, because of what I learned there.
"It is now my great privilege to be able to give back to those who find themselves in the same situation I was more than 15 years ago – with life-changing injuries, and having to find a life away from the Forces.
"I want to continue supporting these great men and woman from the Armed Forces, so my partner Jessica and I decided that we will challenge ourselves to trek to Everest Base Camp in November in aid of Help for Heroes."
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