Andrew is an ex-para trained RAF Regiment Gunner, II Parachute Squadron, who left service in 1995. For the following twenty years, Andrew struggled to fully complete his transition and became a long-term HGV driver. In 2015, he resolved to achieve better things and sought the help of a Career Coach at Hire A Hero. Julia Moore was partnered with Andrew and, together with Gerry Hill and Nigel Thomas (Blue Mountain Group), a new career as a Close Protection Officer was targeted.
Julia was also able to call upon her husband, Terry, to provide additional support. Three years later Andrew has now achieved his SIA Close Protection qualification and is working for a London-based client. He also raised over £1,000 for Hire a Hero by carrying a 42lb Bergen at the Merthyr Half-Marathon in 2016. Andrew says “I am a changed man. The support and friendship I have received from Hire A Hero have been totally life-changing. I am now moving forward with my new life and am forever indebted to Gerry, Nigel, Julia and Terry for all their support.” Gerry Hill commented “This is a prime example of how Hire A Hero can support service leavers. We have a great network of volunteers who are ready to help service leavers”.