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100th X-Forces beneficiary a double success in civvy street

100th X-Forces beneficiary a double success in civvy street


08 Dec, 2017

British Army veteran Carl Marsh is the 100th X-Forces and Help for Heroes wounded, injured or sick entrepreneur – with not just one, but two, successful new enterprises to his name: and Swim Heroes.

‘Developing my own ideas and interests has been really rewarding,’ he says. ‘Being self-employed is the best thing I’ve ever done.’

In 2012 Carl set up, a celebrity interview website and has already interviewed a host of celebrities, such as Luke Goss, pictured here with Carl. ‘I enjoyed doing the interviews and was determined to make a success of the blog. I guess it was the military ethos where I got my drive from!’

Carl recently attended a Help for Heroes and X-Forces six-day self-employment course, making him the 100th wounded, injured or sick entrepreneur to complete the course. He learned a great deal, and gained the support he needed to expand and develop his blog, as well as kick-starting his brand new endeavour, Swim Heroes – a product of his Army swim instruction training. The plan is to teach all ages and all levels, group and individual lessons, as well as teaching with children learning disabilities.

‘X-Forces and Help for Heroes have given me the motivation and crucially information on how to take my ideas to the next level. It’s an excellent support network. My wife says she has never seen me so motivated! With organisations like Help for Heroes and X-Forces, there is so much support and advice there for you. They won’t hand it to you on a plate but they are there every step of the way.’

Watch out for Carl’s full story, which we’ll be covering in a future edition of Quest! In the meantime, read about his new ventures and

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