Given a 10% chance of survival after falling ill following a school trip, ‘Miracle Man’ Anthony Bennett is now a popular motivational speaker. His open and honest talks about his he had to learn to walk and talk again after fighting for his life make him one of the most inspirational speakers on the circuit.
From surviving impossible odds and overcoming everything that was thrown at him, Anthony now motivates audiences in schools and businesses.
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In 2006, after returning from a trip with students to Disneyland Paris, Anthony fell extremely ill and was left fighting for his life. The cause was narrowed down to the air conditioning within the coach which affected 80% of the students on the top, but left Anthony with just a 10% chance of survival. Unfortunately, Anthony had managed to contract four serious infections: Strep-Pneumonia, Influenza, Sepsis and Staphylococcus. These caused:
– His white blood cells to be reduced to zero
– Seizures whilst in a coma
– Him to be resuscitated and brought back to life and impressive 12 times
After regaining consciousness, Anthony had to learn how to walk and talk again, as well as breathe on his own after spending three weeks on an Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine.
After making a full recovery, Anthony played a major role in winning a £7.5 million charity partnership between Whitbread PLC and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, where he spent four years travelling the UK inspiring people to get involved with raising much-needed funds. The money raised went towards the construction of a brand new cardiac hospital wing, helping to treat 20% more children. To date, this partnership has raised over £20 million.
He went on to be named on of the happiest people in the UK in The Independent on Sunday’s 2015 ‘Happy List’, a programmes recognised by the Prime Minister for his efforts in enriching the lives of others and making Britain a better place.
Anthony is now an international speaker, inspiring global audiences with his tale of survival. He provides keynote speeches at conferences, inspirational talks at businesses and charities, and motivational workshops at schools.
– The Power of Teamwork
– Dealing with Setbacks
– Using and Sharing your Superpower
– Maintaining Motivation
– Mental Health
– Being ‘Miracle Man’
– Overcoming Fear
For health-related events he delivers a special talk entitled ‘A heartfelt thank you from an ex-patient’. His presentation gives everyone an insight into the superpower they have, whether they appreciate it or not. Anthony’s thought—provoking sessions uplift the hearts and minds of all listening and makes them wonder: What is your superpower?
With mental health high on everyone’s agenda – thanks partly to the COVID-19 pandemic, home working and loneliness – Anthony also offers virtual events to help with work-related absences thanks to depression, anxiety and burnout.
He also provides online sessions for schools, utilising digital technology such as social media – where he has a following of over 10,000 – in order to reach the minds of young people and provide them with confidence and motivation.
Anthony Bennet Clients: AB InBEV, Allocate, Beefeater, BMA, BT, CIPD, Citizens Advice, Costa Coffee, EIZO, GS1, Harvard Medical School, hfma, HM Prison Service, IOPC, IQVIA, Network Rail, NHS, Piramel, Premier Inn, Swim England, Teenage Cancer Trust, uniper, Very, Whitbread.
Anthony’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 sessions was simply the most positive I have ever known.
Glen Hodgson, Head of Healthcare, GS1
Anthony’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 wonder. I 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.
Mr. Jones, Assistant Head Teacher, Greenford High School
Since 2006, Anthony 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 £7.5 mil+ 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.
Tim Johnson, CEO, Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity
We invited Anthony to our sales conference in Spain. He was truly motivational and inspiring. A joy to be with and an amazing individual. Highly recommended.
Mark Pettitt, CEO, Kimal Group PLC
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.
Cara Charles Bark, CEO, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
It went great! He’s a great guy! The audience loved him and his story, someone commented that it reminds us that life is just too short.
Needles to say, Anthony was amazing and left everyone inspired to say yes and the courage to step outside of their comfort zone. A few tears were wiped away as his mother joined him in the front!¬
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust