BLAST HERO WINS READERS' AWARD.
Editor Alison Phillips presented the senior aircraftman with the honour after more than 4,000 of you voted for him. We had revealed how he battled back from horrific injuries he suffered when his armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008. Michael was trapped for three hours before he was rescued and flown to Birmingham's Selly Oak hospital, where he had 14 un-successful operations to save his left leg. He was left in a wheelchair and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder before having his left foot amputated in 2011.
He is now training for a race to the South Pole for the Walking With the Wounded charity and is hoping to become a paramedic. Last night, at the Park Plaza Hotel in London's Westminster, Michael, 28, said: "I am honoured to be here and to have won the award but I feel very nervous and am humbled by it."
The Soldiering On Through Life Awards were set up in 2011 to honour service personnel who have sustained significant injuries while serving their country.
Michael with our editor Alison