Honiton pupils inspired by Pat’s journey

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:44 29 June 2016

Patrick Provis meets some of the HCC pupils after his speech.

Patrick Provis meets some of the HCC pupils after his speech.


Two members of Blesma, an organisation for limbless veterans, visited Honiton Community College to inspire youngsters.

Patrick Provis and Lilly Phillips are part of the organisation, which has developed a community programme based around encouraging young people to adapt and achieve in the face of adversity.

During an extended assembly for the whole of year 10, Pat told the story of how he lost parts of his limbs when deployed in Northern Ireland.

He explained how he had to rebuild his life and learn how to take the positives from any situation, an incredibly moving story that had a big impact on the students.

Selected students also had the opportunity to take part in a workshop based around the same themes of building resilience.

A spokeswoman for Honiton Community College said: “This fantastic opportunity hit all the right notes as year 10s gear up for the biggest 12 months of their young lives.

“We are very grateful to Pat and Lilly for their visit.”

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