On Wednesday 9th October, we were pleased to host a talk by the inspirational Invictus Games gold and bronze medallist, Steve Sebburn.
Steve joined us to talk to our residents and guests, many of whom hail from a military background or have connections to those who have served, about his recovery from serious injuries to his back and brain following a training exercise for Afghanistan in 2014. After being told he wouldn’t run or cycle again, Steve defied the odds by competing in both disciplines firstly at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017 and then in Sydney the following year.
During the Sydney games, he won the gold medal in the men’s road cycling time trial and later that day, the bronze medal in the men’s road cycling criterium.
Alongside residents and guests, eight year old Mason Royall was also in the audience. Mason came up with the brilliant idea of raising money for Help the Heroes through two successful bake sales and his mum had brought him along to listen to Steve’s talk as a special surprise. Thanks to his bake sales, Mason has raised an incredible £1000 for the charity and wowed us with his thoughtfulness at such a young age. It was a pleasure to have him and his family with us so he could meet Steve and share his tremendous achievement with us all.