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Paramedic & diver, Howard Payne, gives triple amputee & diver Craig Wood, a lift to the waters edge.

Deptherapy Ambassadors

Deptherapy has some truly amazing Ambassadors who are all committed to helping us raise awareness of the work we do with, and who themselves are, injured current or ex British Armed Forces personnel.

Gary Green

Gary Green
The Rifles

Gary Green

Deptherapy Ambassador • PADI AmbassaDiver

Deptherapy Trustee

Gary Joined the British Army as an Infantryman in the winter of 2007, he finished his Infantry training top of his platoon and was awarded the honour of Best Recruit being presented with the Baker Rifle.

He joined his battalion in 2008 facing challenging training to prepare him for war.


Read more of Gary's story…

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Ben Lee

Ben Lee
Royal Engineers

Ben Lee

Deptherapy Ambassador

I served with 58 Squadron, 33 EOD, Royal Engineers. On September 9th 2011 I was conducting a route clearance in Afghanistan when I was hit by an IED resulting in the loss of both legs, damage to my hand and arm, sever internal injuries, broken back and shattered pelvis.

I first looked at getting involved with Deptherpy in 2012 when one of my best mates Chris Middleton mentioned it to me.  Once I had touched base with Richard Cullen I thought the ball was rolling but due to injuries and reoccurring problems I kept pushing it back until one day the time was right and it was time for me to conquer my fear of water

At the age of 9 I was resuscitated by life guards after drowning in a swimming pool.  A few days into my PADI course at Roots Red Sea my fear began to get the better of me.  I was ready to throw the towel in I'd had enough couldn't focus on the skills as I was petrified the kit would fail me and once again be at death's door.

After a brew, a smoke and a long chat with Richard Cullen and the team I jumped back in and some how my fear had disappeared I tried the skills again and smashed them first time.

The team and programme has changed my life.  I no longer think I cant do things due to my disabilities, I just jump in and try it.  If i cant do it I sit back and think of the conversation I had with Richard pool side at Roots and try again.

What an absolute honour it is to work so closely with the team of individuals that make up the Deptherapy family."

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Danny Martin

Danny Martin
SCOTS DG

Danny Martin

Deptherapy Ambassador

Danny joined the army at 17, serving in The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG).  He'd served just over 6 years when he was medically Discharged in February 2016.

Almost immediately, he was diagnosed with Stage 2 Testicular Cancer which had already spread to his lymph nodes.  A few months later he was diagnosed with PTSD; At that time, he was 21.

Read more of Danny's story…

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Life changing experience. Amazing to finally be a member of the family.
Ben Lee [Deptherapy Ambassador]

Chris Middleton

Chris Middleton
SCOTS DG

Chris Middleton

Deptherapy Ambassador • PADI AmbassaDiver

I was a trooper in the Royal Scots’ Dragoon Guards but deployed as a sniper with the Rifles and nine days before my 21st birthday, on 19 August 2011, whilst on patrol in I stepped on an IED.  I lost both my legs one above and one below the knee, suffered damage to my hand and had blast injuries to other parts of my body.  My life was saved by the professionalism of the battlefield medics.

Read more of Chris's story…

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Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips
The Mercian Regiment

Dan Phillips

Deptherapy Ambassador

I was 19 on the 11th of September 2001 when the horrors of what I saw on the TV changed the course of my life.  Being the eldest of three siblings and having no dad I grew up to be a protector.  Always the one to stand up to bullies.  I felt a compulsion to do something about the worst atrocity that had happened in many lifetimes.  So pretty much the next day I got the bus over to the army careers office in Brighton to join the army.  In January 2002 I started basic training.


Read more of Dan's story…

Kevin Pryke

Kevin Pryke
Royal Anglian Regiment

Kevin Pryke

Deptherapy Ambassador

Kevin is Deptherapy's longest serving Ambassador.

He served in the Royal Anglian Regiment 'The Vikings' and deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 on Herrick 6.

Kevin in mentioned in Colonel Kemp's book Attack State Red.  Kevin displayed absolute heroism after his company was ambushed and pinned down by the Taliban. American jets were called to assist and unfortunate a 'friendly fire' incident occurred and a number of Kevin's colleagues were killed and others seriously injured.

Medics were unable to make progress towards the casualties. Kevin broke cover and under heavy Taliban fore and wearing full equipment ran to his colleagues.  He picked one of them up over his back and ran back to his company's lines again under heavy Taliban fire.  Had the injuries and deaths not occurred as a result of friendly fire there is little doubt Kevin would have been awarded at the least the Military Cross. Deptherapy has campaigned for this to be redressed.

Later during his tour Kevin injured his knee. There followed a period of consistent misdiagnosis that eventually resulted in Kevin undergoing major surgery. Kevin now has an implant to control is back pain and has been diagnosed with acute PTSD.

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Andy Searle

Andy Searle
The Rifles

Andy Searle

Deptherapy Ambassador

Andy joined the Army in September 2008 when he was 16 years old, joining 1 RIFLES (1st Battalion The Rifles).  Three years later, in April of 2011, he went on his first operational tour to Afghanistan.

On 3rd June 2011, he stood on an IED and was blown up, resulting in him losing both of his legs above the knee and on one side through his hip.

Andy was in hospital for approximately six months then was moved to DMRC Headley Court for rehabilitation (‘rehab’).  He’s still undergoing treatment, rehab and surgeries.

Chris Middleton put Andy in touch with Richard Cullen to try to get him scuba diving, but initially he had issues with the medications he was taking so was unable to start diving.
It took him around four years to get off the medications that prevented him from diving and Richard finally got him out to Egypt to start my Open Water course.
Andy says, “The first time I got in the sea I fell in love with it and knew this was for me.  I am hoping to do my Dry Suit and Rescue Diver courses soon and then make the step to becoming a Dive Master”.
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