Dragons Den's Duncan Bannatyne to be unveiled as patron of Andy Reid's charity AIM

St Helens Star: Duncan Bannatyne Duncan Bannatyne

HE is known to millions from hit TV show Dragons Den, but this weekend Duncan Bannatyne will be in St Helens for the launch of Andy Reid’s new charity.

The multi-millionaire entrepreneur has been named as patron for AIM (Amputation Inspiration Motivation).

Formed by Andy with Stephen Cruse, the charity which is based at Ruskin Leisure, will have its formal launch on Saturday evening (May 10) at Langtree Park.

Both men have undergone life changing injuries, which underpins their self belief and desire to help those in similar situations.

Andy’s story of how he suffered devastating injuries while on tour in Afghanistan is widely known, but Steve also found himself in a life changing situation after losing both legs below the knee in a traffic accident in Australia in 2008.

Andy said: “We are aiming to go into hospitals firstly across the North West to meet people that are having limbs amputated whether its due to an illness like diabetes or a traumatic accident like myself.

“We will tell them what life’s like and will try and give them as much knowledge as we can. It’s important to tell them that they will have a good life in the future.

“When we go to schools giving talks the money raised will go towards taking people on trips.

“It’s about getting amputees together and talking about any issues. Not just leaving them at home.”

Andy has known Duncan Bannatyne for more than two years after they made contact through Twitter.

He added: “To have someone like that as a patron will give us a high profile and hopefully a lot of other businesses will want to work with us."

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