Sunday, 31 July 2011

Beauty,really is only skin deep.....

Hi there everyone ,I hope you are all well .I am fine ,busy as ever ,and like the cow's tail all behind as usual,lots of meetings and some sewing .....Because I am a board member ,I was invited to the staff conference .I love this I meet up with old colleagues,as well as other staff members .The theme this year was 'Challenge ',so due to the changes government are making ,in the housing sector,it was appropriate , so mindful of cut backs and everything else this year is going to be challenging .However Alan our chief exec is confident that we are able ,for what ever presents it self .
After all the facts and figures were explained to us ,by the different departments ,we went on to play some really interesting quiz games .before a delicious lunch ,where we could again chat to our friends .
After lunch more corporate stuff before our guest speaker .....
Yes it was Simon Weston O B E ,what an insiration ,this man is ,handsome inside and out !! I remember watching the programes on TV about his ,struggle with all the surgery he needed when he returned from the Falklands conflict of 1982 horrifically burned,(he is a similar age to my second son!).....and boy has this man accepted the challenge ,he helped to form 'Weston Spirit',helping disadvantaged youngters ,build their lives and believe in them selves .He has worked tirelessly for the Star and Garter homes ,as an ex Guardsman with the Welsh guards ,some thing close to his heart .Now happily married to Lucy with three young children,he campaigns,for many charities,-he has jumped with the Red Devils -run the New York marathon-to create a better future for the young people and veterans alike......Of course he has had his dark moments,some of which he spoke,and as many of us wiped the tears from our eyes ,he would have us all roaring with laughter , he has a fantastic sense oh humour ...A great Man ,God Bless you Simon ...
I went home feeling very humbled ,greatful ,inspired ,and clutching a copy of his latest book that he signed for me


16 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's good to see you are doing well. Summer is flying by here. Inspirational speakers like that are wonderful Cutbacks are in store for all of us these days and to have some encouragement is wonderful. Thanks for sharing the pictures with the wonderful SMILES. Beauty is in the heart.

Bunny said...

Jan, I do disappear off the radar now and then, but I know you're always there, and I have come to appreciate the true meaning of serendipity - how it sidles up when one's feeling low.
Love, Bunny xx

Jeannette said...

How wonderful for you to meet Simon Weston, he is such an inspiration to so many and I have always admired his courage. Thanks for posting the photographs. Like you said, beautiful inside and out.

Marie said...

What a wonderful experience and how very inspiring Jan! Thanks so much for sharing!

Julie said...

What an amazing experience and an inspirational man too. Glad to know you are well Jan.

Jean said...

Hi Jan my second go at leaving you a comment !
wonderful entry and also to meet Simon Weston ,I know how much you enjoyed meeting him .
My love and hugs to you
Jeanxxx

Sybil said...

Meeting such great guy as simon muct have been the icing on teh cake for the conference..your smile says it all...
Thanks for sharing your day with us..
Loe sybil xx

mortonlake said...

great post Jan.thanks for sharing.i read his book and it is an inspiration to us all.tc love mort xxx

Odds Bodkins. said...

A true hero if ever there was one.

B. x

madcobug said...

May God lead Simon in his forward journey. Helen

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Ally Lifewithally said...

Jan lovely to see an entry from you ~ and how wonderful you got to meet Simon ~ Ally x

debra hall said...

this is an inspiring and uplifting blog post,Jan. I hope you are enjoying the summer, Debra x

Jeannette said...

What a wonderful experience for you Jan. Simon Weston was indeed a true hero. I believe his biggest bravest fight wasn't in the Falklands but when he got home. He certainly has got on with his life, it must have been great to hear his story first hand. Jeannette xxxx

TARYTERRE said...

It sounds like such an inspirational story. What a wonderful man. It must have been the thrill of your life to meet him in person and hear him speak. The smiles on your faces are priceless.

Stuart said...

How lucky you were to meet such a fine man of courage