“I was given a second chance in life and I want to use it to make a difference.”
This interview featured on Forces TV on 7 February 2018
In 2009, British special forces soldier Toby Gutteridge’s life changed forever. While on operations in Afghanistan, he was shot through the neck, severing his spinal cord, leaving him paralysed from the neck down and breathing through a ventilator.
Ever since, Toby has been living his own survival story. A story that requires him to overcome new challenges each and every day.
Growing up in South Africa, Toby saw from a young age how easy it is to make bad choices and fall into a life of crime, gangs and drugs. His route out was through extreme sports. As a motocross racer, surfer and all-round adrenaline junkie, Toby developed a determination to push his limits.
It was this determination that, in 2006, took Toby to the UK where he successfully became a Royal Marine Commando. It was the same determination that saw Toby move on to serve with the Special Boat Service, one of the world’s elite special forces units.
It is this determination that today helps Toby overcome the loss of his body, the loss of his career, and the loss of his identity. It is this determination that is allowing Toby to bounce back stronger than ever. A determination to make a difference in the world and in people’s lives.
In 2016, Toby founded Bravery, a charitable organisation and extreme sports brand — with a difference. As well as selling great clothing, Bravery supports charities that empower children and young adults to overcome their own adversities through courage, strength, and determination.
Bravery’s mission is to inspire everyone to be brave, to overcome their fears, and to go after their dreams. From this mission comes the company slogan:
Always follow your heart