Hi, I'm Shaun ... one of the first things you might notice about me is that I am a double amputee walking on two prosthetic limbs but that doesn't tell the whole story.
First, I'm a husband and a dad. I learnt to walk (for the second time) just before my son and there's been bumps along the way. Rubs and sores, falls and getting to grips with the full Swiss Army Knife of limbs I have - stubbies, blades and even a bespoke snowboarding limb kit.
I hope I can help to inspire and also educate people on what really happens when you drive dangerously.
More about Shaun
In 2016 Shaun was working full time as an estate agent whilst engaging his passion for sport playing semi professional football for Newmarket Town. In one moment, on 1st July 2016, his life was turned upside down when he was hit by a drunk driver whilst changing the wheel on a teammate's car. It was something of a miracle that he survived but he lost both legs to amputation as a result of the injuries he sustained.
What has followed, in these last six years, has been hard work, mental challenges and, with a lot of love and support from those around him, not only has he learned to walk again through extensive rehab, he has been there to watch his eldest son take his first steps (and with one more son to follow in those footsteps). Learning how to walk wasn't his only challenge, those day to day tasks we all take for granted needed to be re-learned and adapted as he faced his new life as a double amputee.
He could have been forgiven if he lived a limited life, full of resentment and anger, but this couldn't be further from what happened. Since his life changing accident he has taken on many and various challenges not only for himself but also for the charity close to his heart the East Anglian Air Ambulance who, on that fateful night, saved his life. He has climbed mountains, run marathons and cycled one hundred and fifty miles round Suffolk. There's a lot more to come.
Shaun took his passion for football into coaching and gained his coaching badges with the backing of Ipswich Town Football Club. This gave him the opportunity to learn more about the game he loved and also a life skill in how to communicate the beautiful game even without being able to kick a ball himself.
Shaun’s experience of becoming a dad to two young sons has fired his passion and focus to help and educate young professionals on the impact drink and dangerous driving has to victims such as himself not just physically but also emotionally and financially. He is also inspiring so many, through public advocacy and educational sessions, on how limitless human beings can be.
He's a real inspiration and we're very proud to have him as part of our team.