Corporal Oliver Aspinall – Spectre World Premiere winner
We’re delighted to announce the winner of our Spectre World Premiere competition.
Our patron, Samantha Cameron has chosen Corporal Oliver Aspinall of 24 Commando Engineer Regiment to attend the Premiere.
Cpl Aspinall has been serving for 13 years and has deployed on 3 tours of Afghanistan, Op Herrick 4, 8 and 13.
Whilst on his last tour, Op Herrick 13, he was in a Royal Engineer Search Advisors (RESA) team and saw one of his comrades killed and another become an amputee. Altogether on this tour they lost 4 men and had 11 amputees.
Cpl Aspinall was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following Herrick 13.
He contends with this adversity on a day to day basis, whilst continuing to serve his country and raise awareness and money for mental health charity, SANE.
His colleague and friend Sergeant Gemma Fulton nominated him as he “is one of the most inspirational soldiers [she] has ever come across.”
She said “With everything going on in his life he still takes the time to think about others before himself and I fully think he and his wife really deserves to win this experience of a lifetime.”
Samantha Cameron chose Cpl Aspinall as she feels it's important to highlight PTSD, an illness that does not get enough attention and is silently endured by many. She said “Corporal Aspinall is testament to what can be achieved with determination and resilience in the face of a potentially debilitating disorder. He serves his country and continues to deal with his own PTSD while helping others suffering with mental illness. He is truly inspirational.”
Cpl Aspinall and his wife will be joining four other Tickets For Troops members and their guests, who won their tickets through the Tickets For Troops ballot, on Monday 26th October to walk the red carpet, join the president of the Royal Albert Hall’s drinks reception and watch the Spectre World Premiere.