The medical staff at RNAS Culdrose, DMRC Headley Court, and Treliske were supportive beyond all expectations. Help For Heroes, but particularly the Royal Naval Officers Charity provided a lifeline with their individual and direct support for Andrew and the family.
Tracey, Rachael and Bryony are proud of the way Andrew faced his challenges with steadfast determination, which is not to discount the difficulties that were met by the family whilst adjusting to the new shape of the world of disability, with its restrictions and new definition of normal. Even so, his goal was to get on with life and live it to the full. He wanted to share life experiences with the family and not be defined by his lack of mobility.
Andrew was due to retire from the Royal Navy on March 27, 2018 after his fourth medical board. He never wanted to leave the RN and could not imagine anything could ever be as fulfilling or enjoyable. In a twist of fate, on 01 March 2018, in the early hours of the morning and during the biggest snow storm Cornwall has had in a decade, Andrew died unexpectedly of a heart attack, thereby ensuring he never had to retire from his beloved Royal Navy. Whilst I am sure he would not have chosen such an early exit from this life, I am sure he is spinning the hosts of heaven a good dit and doing his best to control the weather.Previous Next
“weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella or choose to dance in the rain”