Huge congratulations to Dan Phillips, one of our inspirational veterans and the face of Heroes Promise. Dan has been honoured by Seaford's outgoing Town Mayor for Personal Achievements and Inspiring the Local Community.
Former soldier Dan says, "It's a proud addition on my shelf near my Invictus medal!"
Dan has been invited to share his story at local events recently, from speaking at men's support groups to primary schools, and he is inspiring people young an old, with and without physical and mental health challenges, to live their best life.
Dan goes on to say, "I grew up here in Seaford and had a fantastic childhood exploring the town. From snorkelling, kayaking and rock pooling on the beautiful beach to enjoy the incredible views on the Southdowns and Seven Sisters Cliffs and playing soldiers down in Friston forest.
"When I grew up I became a soldier, went off to war and then came home injured. It was time for me to hang up my combat boots and settle down and I could not dream of a better place to raise a family.
"Help for Heroes has played a huge part in my recovery from helping me into an adapted bungalow in the town I love to ignite a spark in me that I thought completely lost after my injury by encouraging me to take part in adaptive sports and the Invictus Games. Through that, I have been trying to help inspire people into living life to its fullest by taking talks at local social groups, charities and schools.
"It's amazing to see the look of awe in the children's eyes and then hearing the incredibly positive feedback from teachers telling me about how excited and inspired the children were. Especially disabled children who didn't think it was possible to be active in sports and I've shown them that they truly can. My award from Seaford Town Mayor for Personal Achievements and Inspiring the Local Community came as a complete surprise and made me feel very proud to have a positive impact on other peoples' lives. It's inspired me to get out there and help as many people as I can."
Out-going Mayor, Councillor Linda Wallraven selected Dan as the recipient of the honour.
Dan is pictured with James Corrigan (Town Clerk), Councillor Linda Wallraven (Past Mayor 2018/2019) and Councillor Nazish Adil (Mayor)