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Southwell amputee's inspirational story to be told in a new book

A bilateral amputee is set to tick off one of the items on his bucket list.

Andy Ashworth, 58, from Southwell, said it would be an ambition achieved once a book featuring his story is released.

Andy lost his left leg below the knee in May 2016 and his right leg above the knee in March 2018 after suffering from complications with diabetes.

Andy Ashworth walking the perimetre of Southwell cricket pitch (16058830)
Andy Ashworth walking the perimetre of Southwell cricket pitch (16058830)

Since losing his legs he has completed a number of charitable events, including an emotional walk around Southwell Cricket Club’s pitch.

He was then approached to join a collaborative series of stories by a US-based publisher, which sought to inspire its readers.

“We were asked to write a chapter each and I have put forward what I’m calling a window into my world as a bilateral amputee,” said Andy.

Jilly Ashworth, 53 (42682001)
Jilly Ashworth, 53 (42682001)

“My wife, Jilly, who has her own challenges, not least being my carer, has also given her side of things because our lives are so intertwined and she has her own struggles and experiences.

“There are people with astonishing stories of strength and willpower — it is incredible.”

Andy said he had struggled to write as a student in school, but found the words poured out of him as he jotted down his story.

“Surprisingly, I have always wanted to put pen to paper. This is a bucket list moment for me,” said Andy.

“I initially struggled to accept that people found what I have done as inspirational, but I have accepted that now and that helps tell my story.

“I felt anyone would do the same, so I am humbled by the fact that people take interest in this and even bother listening to me.

“The writing process took a matter of hours and after my own sort of read and review process I sent it off for feedback, which turned out to be great.

“But in short I am going to be part of a team of published authors.”

Jilly, 53, will also have a featured chapter in the book, which is set to be released early November.

“She will tell her story in her own words,” said Andy.

A title for the book is yet to be confirmed.

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