Yesterday we were extremely honoured to welcome Cpl Louis Smit from 2 Para to our school to give a really inspiring talk to parents, teachers and children about how he has overcome adversity in losing his left leg when on tour in Afghanistan in 2011. The day before he had been in Buckingham Palace meeting Princess Anne as well as lots of celebrities such as actors from East Enders along with his injured colleagues.
Here is Cpl Smit at the start of his talk with the important title: Overcoming Adversity
Adversity means difficulties / hardship and with Cpl Smit bouncing up and down on his ‘robot leg’ as one of the children put it, we were all extremely impressed at what a turnaround he has undertaken since his life-changing injury.
Waiting for everyone to get their places for the talk
Cpl Smit took off his prosthetic leg and passed it around for all the kids to touch and hold it
From his amazing black box of goodies, he pulled out his ski leg – an amazing mixture of old fashioned style with the leather part meeting the ultra modern lower part…
Throughout his talk he gave us bullet points that we will not forget…NEVER GIVE UP! He has some friends who have been so seriously injured in battle that they have pictures at their bedside of their loved ones to remind them of who each member of their family is. That was extremely poignant to hear.
He told us that your ‘success is limited by your own imagination’ and that he had imagined when lying in his hospital bed that he would walk again and that he would even run again, and next year, he is running the London Marathon! So when you have a problem or a worry, imagine a positive outcome and you will reach it if you work hard enough and don’t give up.
Then he showed us his parachuting jumpsuit which has the logo of his charity: BLESMA The Limbeless Vererans, and yes, he still jumps out of planes!
After his super inspiring talk we took a group photo before he got mobbed signing autographs in the children’s reading diaries!
If you are inspired by Cpl Louis Smit, please click on this link to make a donation to his charity, BLESMA where his best friend, Bertie is raising essential funds for the injured veterans http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Bertie_Beagal