Private Dean Williams
Dean Williams was serving with the infantry in Helmand province in 2009 when he suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen which ricocheted up through his torso and exited through his shoulder. Dean was repatriated to the UK and woke up 7 weeks later unable to walk or talk. He has fought back to health despite losing a lung and suffering terrible internal injuries and spent nearly 12 months in various hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Dean first engaged with Mission Motorsport in March 2013 via his Recovery Unit, he had a real passion for cars but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his future or how much he would be capable of following his injury. Still a serving soldier, Dean was rapidly placed on a Defence Recovery Placement with Mission Motorsport and has spent the last few months learning about the motorsport industry in general including vehicle livery and design, mechanics and race team management and has been through the Mission Motorsport driver development programme. Dean gained his racing licence and drove his first race for Mission Motorsport in October 2013, just 7 months after first meeting the team.
Busy with volunteer work, Dean is still undecided as to where his future lies, and is still learning how to manage his condition. Sport has enthused and inspired him, and he is much more confident. He also understands much better how the skills he learnt in his military career can be transferred to the civilian world.
Mission Motorsport has given me a reason to get out of bed in the morning, to go and muck in with the lads and be part of a team again. I have missed this so much since my injury as I have been away from my Regiment. They have helped me to understand and accept my capabilities after my injury and my confidence is growing so much.
I am now a civvy, and my placement with Mission Motorsport has finished but I am still heavily involved with them. I will be continuing my racing, and I am using the Mission Motorsport workshop to work on my project – I am turning a Peugeot 106 Rallye from a road car to a track day car. I have already rebuilt the engine but still need to make some modifications, install a roll cage and some seats. It is great having the workshop facility to use, I’ve learnt loads and it gives me somewhere to go to work on the car with friends there for banter and support if needed.
I would recommend anyone who is wounded, injured or sick engage with Mission Motorsport, they really help make a difference – Dean Williams