Simon Weston OBE

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Simon was born in Caerphilly, South Wales in 1961. He grew up in Nelson, a small village in the Borough of Caerphilly and joined the Welsh guards aged 17 in 1978.

He spent time in Northern Ireland, Kenya and Berlin, where he once undertook guard duty at Spandau prison containing Nazi war criminal Rudolph Hess.

In 1982 with the outbreak of the Falklands War Simon was shipped out on the QE2 as part of a mortar platoon with his regiment. They landed at San Carlos (the main British Army Bridgehead during the war) on the 31st May.

What would happen a few days later onboard Sir Galahad, would change the lives of Simon and his comrades forever when they were struck by a bomb dropped by an Argentinian warplane.

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Simon has continued to use his story and experiences to help others. This includes becoming a patron of  Blond McIndoe.

Simon also ran his own youth charity 'Weston Spirit' between 1988 and 2008. In 1992 he was awarded an OBE for his charity work in the Queen’s birthday honours list. In 2009 he agreed to be President Elect of the Welsh Scout Council.

He has been the face of a number of television documentaries on the Falklands, and a commentator on many news stories. Simon has often been in the media supporting British troops to make sure they receive the support they deserve either in conflicts or when in need of medical treatment.