ARMY veteran and triple amputee Andy Reid has been named as the new Honorary Colonel for the Merseyside Army Cadet Force.

The dad-of-two from Rainford, lost his right leg below the knee, his left leg above the knee and his right arm after stepping on a IED whilst on patrol in Afghanistan in 2009.

Despite his injuries, Andy has not let it hold him back and regularly takes part in numerous fundraising events and awareness campaigns as well as acting as an ambassador for several charities.

Colonel Reid, said: “It is with great pride that I accept the role of Honorary Colonel for Merseyside Army Cadet Force.

“Having started my military career in the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, it means a lot to me to be able to return to my native County. I look forward to working alongside the officers and cadet force adult volunteers in helping inspire the cadets to achieve more and be the very best they can. I can’t wait to get started.”

Commandant of Merseyside ACF, Colonel Stephen Boardman MBE DL, who is also from St Helens, added: “It gives me enormous pleasure to introduce Merseyside Army Cadet Force’s new Honorary Colonel Andy Reid, a truly inspirational role model, who I know will add tremendous value to our County, adult instructors and cadets.

“I am sure that everyone in MACF will join me in making Colonel Andy extremely welcome and we look forward to hearing much more about his remarkable experience and working with him very closely in the coming years.”