After what many would consider being a miracle, Anthony Bennett was given only a 10% chance of survival after he contracted three viral infections that left him fighting for his life.
In 2006, whilst travelling back from Disneyland Paris Anthony became ill with Streph-Pneumonia, Influenza, and Staphylococcus with catastrophic effects; his white blood cells reduced to zero, he suffered from a seizure whilst in a coma, and he was resuscitated an amazing 12 times!
Fighting the odds, Anthony relearnt how to walk, talk and breathe again, and has made a full recovery. He now spends his time inspiring businesses, schools, and organisations with his optimism and bubbly personality, in addition to his fund raising achievements.
One of his remarkable efforts was when he played a major role in winning a £7.5m Charity Partnership between Whitbread PLC and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Anthony spent four years involved in the project to inspire teams to get involved in raising the much-needed funds for the children’s charity. The money went towards the construction of a brand new cardiac hospital wing, which has helped treat up to 20% more children.
Anthony’s account on the power of teamwork, with rich insight, honesty, humility, and humour, blended with an image based presentation that compliments his story, really brings the entire journey to life. A thought provoking and motivational story that truly leaves the audience uplifted.
Anthony takes his audience on a crucial journey on how he turned a huge negative situation and used it to fuel positive outward ripples in his daily life.
He speaks with a highly infectious and positive outlook on the following topics:
• The Power of Teamwork
• Dealing with Setbacks
• Using and Sharing your Superpower
• Maintaining Motivation
For health-related events he delivers a special talk entitled – A heartfelt thank you from an ex-patient
At our recent Pride and Practice event, Salisbury NHS had the privilege of hearing the personal journey of Anthony Bennett. This young man through his story ensured that we celebrated all that is good about the NHS but more importantly created the opportunity for us to consider our personal focus and commitment to being the best we can be. Thank-you Anthony for pushing us forward on our improvement journey.
We invited Anthony Bennett to our sales conference in Spain. He was truly motivational and inspiring A joy to be with and an amazing individual. Highly recommended
Since 2006, Anthony Bennett has been a tremendous asset to the charity. The passion he demonstrates when sharing his experiences; engaging and inspiring his audience, played an important role in helping the charity to secure a £7.5m+ partnership with Whitbread plc. His natural ability to connect with, inspire and motivate people to support fundraising and to push themselves towards personal success has been astounding. He carries such positivity and it's a pleasure to witness the impact he has on people, engaging them in fundraising and helping them to understand the ability they have to make a real difference to others
Anthony Bennett’s presentation to the full cohort of 270 Year 12 students was a real triumph. Rarely can a speaker hold the audience so intently for such a long time but Anthony's delivery, his anecdotes and his inspirational message of overcoming adversity were listened to by all of our young adults with respect, enthusiasm, and wide-eyed wonderI would (and have) asked Anthony to return and would encourage many other schools as possible to do the same. The change in people's attitudes after Anthony's talk was palpable and clear, we at Greenford High School are really delighted that we found such an engaging and passionate young man
Anthony Bennett’s engaging style and ability to tailor his presentation / personal story to the audience set the two day conference off on a high note – within twenty minutes Anthony variously made the audience both laugh and cry as well as telling an uplifting tale of teamwork within a stressful and highly emotionally charged environment – and it was at the charity. The passion he demonstrates when sharing his experiences; engaging and inspiring his audience, play. The feedback from the session was simply the most positive I have ever known
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