Only a handful of people would have recognised the Simon Weston who headed out for the Falklands Conflict as a Welsh Guardsman back in June 1982.
But the face of Simon Weston who returned from the bombing of the Sir Galahad in Bluff Cove is recognised the world over, not for his disfigurement from 46% burns, but for his determination that has inspired courage and the will to excel in countless others.
Following his injuries, Simon's road to physical, spiritual and mental recovery saw him active in a number of highly successful ventures including 'The Weston Spirit', a Liverpool-based young people's charity. His charitable work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours.
He was also awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002 in recognition of his bravery and his charity work in the region. He was honoured as one of the top 100 Welsh Heroes in 2004, and in 2014, in a survey conducted by Freud Communications, Simon was voted top of the UK`s Heroes Index, naming him the Nations Favorite Hero.
In November 2015 Variety Children's charity awarded Simon a Legend Award for his services to Motivational speaking and in December he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. Then in the 2016 New Year`s Honours, Simon was awarded the CBE for his charitable work.
For two years Simon was the President for Wales Scouting, and is currently the Patron of the Falkland Veterans Foundation, The Enham Trust, Allied Service Trust and an Ambassador for Changing Faces. Most recently he helped to set up Care After Combat – a charity for veterans.
Simon Weston's story has been well publicised and he has been the subject of several major BBC Television documentaries: Simon's War, Simon's Peace, Simon's Triumph, Simon's Return and in April 1999, Simon's Journey. In 2014 he was nominated by viewers on the BBC One Show to have his Portrait painted and hung in the National Portrait Gallery, and BBC documentary followed Simon and the process behind creating the portrait.
In 2008 Simon presented reports for ITN covering the 90th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and in late 2011 he returned to the Falklands Islands to film a documentary to help mark the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War in 2012.
His autobiography, Walking Tall, was No1 in the best-selling list. Going Back was also a best seller being in the top 10 for eight weeks. He then wrote a series of fiction books with titles such as Cause of Death and Phoenix. Moving On was published in 2003 and saw Simon lay his Falklands ghosts to rest. Simon has also published 4 children's books - A Nod From Nelson, Nelson to the Rescue, Nelson at Sea and Get Fit With Nelson.
He has also provided the voiceover for a number of children's stories for CBeebies. In 2015 he embarked on a 20-date theatre tour across the UK which, given the success of the tour, then expanded into 2016.
A successful businessman too, Simon Weston currently runs his own security business in South Wales and is a director of Zappawoo, parent company of startup Zap Escapes, specialising in selling holidays to those with accessibility requirements.