James MacDonald-Smith

Veteran

Age:

Kent, Hampshire and Devon (Complicated..), born in Swindon but brought lived in Italy, Greece, Kenya and South Africa growing up, so nomadic

53

Where are you from:

Two Truths One Lie:

I love the outdoors and wide open spaces, but especially the mountains.
My children inspire me to keep going and my source of total pride
I have the Black Dog totally under control and am proud of being born in Swindon...

What Would you like to get out of the Ski Week:

Apart from the obvious of getting chance to ski (total novice having bobsleighed in the Army, someone had to...), the support I require is the feeling that I am not alone and the comradeship that comes with being able to 'swing the lantern' with like minded individuals. I would also like to learn whether I can wean myself of my pills and to try to re-discover or even discover normal. Ideally in time I would like to give back as I know that I have been in the past incredibly fortunate, and might have some skills to and experience to offer.

Self-employed (although on days even I want to sack myself), working as a Financial Advisor/Wealth Manager - I have been in Financial Services for 25 years including senior roles before the demons curtailed my ability to function at full capacity, my LinkedIn profile describes my 'meteoric' and parabolic career. I am also currently studying with the Open University a BA (Hons) in Philosophy with Psychological Studies, this is through the Disabled Veterans Scholarship. 2 almost grown up children - Annabel 19 who is at Durham studying Psychology (I am her homework...) and Charlie 17 who is at Winchester supposedly doing his A levels this summer (but who knows, with Covid). Estranged wife in Hampshire in the process of a friendly divorce, girlfriend in Kent - and currently living in Devon with parents....as I said above its complicated!

A little about myself.

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