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Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett is an experienced Inspirational Speaker with 15 years under his belt. He had 12 cardiac arrests and a 10% survival rate after contracting a string of infections following a school trip to Disneyland Paris in 2006. Anthony's story tells his journey, shedding light on the power of teamwork, saying yes to opportunities and overcoming adversity in a powerful way, leaving audience members hanging on to his every word. In 2015, Anthony was named one of the happiest people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday.


About Anthony Bennett

Anthony is an ex-patient of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. He takes audiences on a visual journey through his extremely near death experience, after returning from a school trip to Disneyland Paris in 2006 that left him fighting for his life.

After what many would consider being a miracle, Anthony was given only a 10% chance or survival, but has made a full recovery and is inspiring businesses, schools, and organisations with his optimism and bubbly personality.

Anthony brings to light the importance of teamwork, from the perspective of his family and the medical professionals during his time in hospital and how everyone from surgeons, to the cleaners who cleaned around his bed twice a day, played a valuable role when it came down to saving his life.

In 2006, after returning from a trip to Disneyland Paris Anthony fell extremely ill and was left fighting for his life.

The cause was narrowed down to the air conditioning within the coach and affected 80% of students on the trip but left Anthony with:

  • 10% chance of survival after contracting multiple viral infections
  • He suffered from a seizure whilst in a coma
  • He was resuscitated and brought back to life an amazing 12 times
  • He relearnt how to walk, talk, and breathe again after spending 3 weeks on an Extra Corporal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine.

After making a full recovery, Anthony played a major role in winning a £7.5m Charity Partnership between Whitbread PLC and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, where he spent 4 years traveling the UK and Inspiring teams to get involved in raising the much-needed funds for the children’s charity.

He went on the be named one of the happiest people in the UK in the Independent on Sunday’s 2015 Happy List, a programme recognised by the Prime Minister for his efforts in enriching the lives of others, making Britain a better place.

Now an International Speaker, Anthony inspires audiences globally.

Speech Topics
  • The Power of Teamwork
  • Dealing with Setbacks
  • Maintaining Motivation
    Saying yes to Opportunities
  • Resilience
  • Building a Positive Mentality
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"Anthony was brilliant, and the feedback from colleagues on the day was 100% positive. His presentation was excellent and very well-delivered. His speaking style, even to such a large number of people, was incredibly engaging. The tone was perfect, and switched from humour to deep sensitivity with ease and carried us along on his journey for a good 45 minutes which seemed to pass so quickly."


"Anthony was amazing, feedback was really positive and some heads have taken contact details for further events they may want Anthony to speak at."

Bedford Group

"Anthony was professional from the moment he arrived, and his presentation was outstanding. He was able to connect with so many people in the room and I know many were inspired and felt very encouraged. Anthony’s courage, humility, humour, authenticity, kindness and skilled abilities as a presenter were second to none!"

Health Care England

"Anthony went down a STORM! Brilliant energy. Great message. Everyone left feeling very inspired."

Action for Children

"Everything went really well thank you, Anthony was great, very moving!"

St Columbus College

"On behalf of LSE and the PSS Conference volunteers team, I wanted to thank Anthony for his time, and for sharing his life story with us last Friday. He truly is an inspiration and a wonderful, captivating speaker- and our conference attendees can attest to that."


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