Mountaineer Andrew 'inspiring'

Mountaineer Jamie Andrew visited the school today and left S6 pupils with one clear message – anything is possible.

Jamie shared his inspirational life story with pupils at the Talking Points session. He spoke about the mountaineering accident which changed his life, his recovery, the challenges he has since set himself and the goals he has achieved.

The dad-of-three described how he and his friend Jamie had become stranded on the summit of a mountain in the French Alps for five days. He spoke movingly about:

  • their battle against the elements on a ledge little more than a metre wide
  • how they ran out of supplies as the severe snow storm engulfed them
  • how his friend tragically passed away on the ledge
  • and his own dramatic rescue on day six.

He talked very honestly about the despair he felt in the initial days in hospital after his hands and feet, which had been ‘frozen solid’, were amputated, and how he turned that despair into hope by setting himself daily challenges.

Jamie, who recently achieved a long held goal of climbing the Matterhorn mountain, told how he decided very early on in his rehabilitation to just give everything a go. It is an attitude that has seen him recently complete a gruelling iron man event and the London Marathon.

He finished his talk by telling the pupils to make the most of what they had and not to worry about what they didn’t have.

Thanks to Jamie for a very inspiring talk.

Details of forthcoming guest speakers can be found here.

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