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8th Dec, 2021

South Bromsgrove High School students inspired by visit from town's Royal British Legion chairman and 'Blind Dave'

MORE THAN 200 students from South Bromsgrove High School welcomed ‘Blind Dave’ Healey and Patrick Smith from the town’s Royal British Legion to the school as part of a Humanities Conference.

The students were enthralled by the visitors who spoke to them about what they did and their achievements.

One pupil said: “Watching Patrick Smith, the Chairman from Bromsgrove British Legion talk to us was great.

“His stories about the Balkan war in the 1990s and his time in the army were amazing.

“I have seen him in town a few times with his miniature horse, Peanut, but I never thought he would have so many good stories to tell.

“From seeing a man walking his horse in town I never would have guessed that he was the Queen’s own personal medic and a respected medic in the army.

“He showed that if you work hard enough you can achieve almost anything in life.”

Dave, aka, ‘Blind Dave’, has raised millions of pounds for charity and his achievements include running seven marathons across seven continents in seven days.

One pupil said: “He was great and he made people laugh during his talk.

“It is cool to see that even if you are blind you can still achieve great things.

“He answered all the questions in detail.

“Despite being visually impaired he is still a happy person and doesn’t think that being blind should effect what he can do.

“His stories about going through his adult years blind show that if you persevere, even blindness can’t hold you back.”

Both visitors inspired the students and touched on subjects they could relate to in their own lives, the challenges they faced on a daily basis and taught them to appreciate more what they have.

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