Falklands hero Simon Weston guest of honour at Portsmouth charity gala

Simon Weston during his visit to   St Mary's Treatment Centre, Milton Road, Milton   in June
Simon Weston during his visit to St Mary's Treatment Centre, Milton Road, Milton in June

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FALKLANDS war hero Simon Weston is set to speak at a major charity bash in Portsmouth later this month.

Simon, who survived disfiguring burns suffered during the bombing of the landing ship Sir Galahad, has become a renowned inspirational speaker.

He will be guest of honour at a gala dinner held by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Ken Ellcome, at the Royal Maritime Club on Friday, September 22.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will raise cash for the lord mayor’s charities: the Elizabeth Foundation for young children with hearing loss and their families, the Headway brain injury charity and Veterans Outreach Support.

Cllr Ellcome said: ‘I’m very honoured to have Simon as an after-dinner speaker at this very special event.

‘He has shown outstanding personal courage and the ability to triumph over adversity. His speeches are powerful, frank, moving and inspiring, delivered with passion, wit and charm.

‘This is a chance to hear a very special man tell an amazing story.’

The courageous veteran joined the Welsh Guards in 1978, seeing active service in Berlin, Northern Ireland and Kenya before setting off to the Falklands in 1982.

During the bombing of Sir Galahad, he suffered 46 per cent burns. Following his injuries, Simon’s road to recovery saw him active in a number of highly successful ventures including The Weston Spirit, a Liverpool-based young people’s charity.

He remains a tireless worker for the Royal British Legion and the Royal Star and Garter Home. His charitable work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen’s Birthday Honours and he was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2016.

He is married to Weston Spirit volunteer Lucy and has two children, James and Stuart.

To book tickets go to eventbrite.co.uk and search Simon Weston Portsmouth.

For more information on the Lord Mayor and his charity events, go to www.facebook.com/kenellcome