The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home is supported by some incredible ambassadors. They use their high-profile status to help promote the Hospital Home, and the fundraising events that we run.
In July 2007 Derek Derenalagi was on a tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when he was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). After being pronounced dead at the scene, his body was being prepared for a body bag when medical staff noticed that he still had a pulse. Both of Derek’s legs were amputated above the knee and, whilst in a coma, he was flown back to the UK where nine days later he woke up in Selly Oak hospital, Birmingham.
Derek has not let his disability stop him from doing the things he loves, and has since trained to become an extremely successful athlete. At the 2012 IPC Athletics European Championships in the Netherlands, Derek won the gold medal in the F57/58 discus and then went on to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Summer paralympics. He also competed in the Invictus Games 2014, which was organsied by Prince Harry, and won gold in the discus and shot put, and also claimed silver in the 100m.
Former RAF Aircraftsman, Mike, was on his first tour of Afghanistan in 2008 when the vehicle he was travelling in hit a roadside bomb. After treatment and countless operations, his left leg was eventually amputated below the knee. Since then he has trained to become the country’s first amputee paramedic, and won 1 silver and 4 gold medals in swimming at the Invictus Games in 2014.
He said: “I’m one of those people where if someone tells me I can’t do something, I’m more determined to do it. I want to help raise awareness of the brilliant work that The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home does for ex-Service personnel, and I am proud to support them.”