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Anthony Bennett is an inspirational speaker who learned how to walk, talk and breathe again after contracting three virus infections.

Anthony Bennett is an inspirational speaker and motivational speaker & fundraiser who learned how to walk, talk and breathe again without the aid of machines, after contracting three virus infections at the same time. 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.

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 including – Streph-Pneumonia, Influenza, Staphylococcus, along with developing Sepsis.
  • His white blood cells reduced to zero
  • 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. The money raised went towards the construction of a brand new cardiac hospital wing, helping at the children’s hospital to treat up to 20% more children.

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.

With a highly infectious and positive outlook on life, Anthony takes his audience on a crucial journey on how he turned a huge negative situation and used it to fuel positive outward ripples in his daily life.

Anthony is available to be both the opening and closing speaker for events and conferences. As the opening speaker, he sets the tone for the event, inspiring participants and sparking enthusiasm for the day ahead. When closing the conference, Anthony leaves a lasting impression, reinforcing key messages, and sending attendees off with a sense of empowerment and lasting motivation.

Keynote Sessions:

  • Dealing with Setbacks & Being the Best You Can Be – Positive seeds of growth are planted during our lower times. Opening new perspectives and ways to think about setbacks and the positive outcomes that can be as a result, Anthony speaks on the impact of self-challenge and saying yes to opportunities and being the best you can be.
  • The Journey (teamwork) – Storytelling the journey through his multiple brushes with death, Anthony highlights the importance of teamwork and how every person from the patient-facing cleaners, nurses, surgeons to the behind the scenes procurement and warehouse teams and more all played a role when it came to saving his life.
  • Resilience & Building a Positive Mindset – With mental health related absences on the rise, we are seeing an increase in the number of people being signed off with anxiety, depression and all round burnout. When a positive boost is needed, these sessions are the perfect way to motivate and inspire your teams. Sharing examples and practical tips on building resilience and working with our inner voices to work with us rather than against us.
  • For health-related events he delivers a special talk entitled – A heartfelt thank you from an ex-patient.


Important Information

In person prices:
£3,500 - £4,000
Price based on UK delivery
Virtual Event prices:
£2,500 - £2,500
Adversity, Mental Health, Mindset, Overcoming Adversity, Teamwork

Quick quote Anthony Bennett

Anthony’s engaging style and ability to tailor his presentation / personal story to the audience set the two day conference off on a high note – within twenty minutes Anthony variously made the audience both laugh and cry as well as telling an uplifting tale of teamwork within a stressful and highly emotionally charged environment – and it was at the charity. The passion he demonstrates when sharing his experiences; engaging and inspiring his audience, play. The feedback from the session was simply the most positive I have ever known.

Glen Hodgson | Head of Healthcare, GS1

Anthony’s presentation to the full cohort of 270 Year 12 students was a real triumph. Rarely can a speaker hold the audience so intently for such a long time but Anthony’s delivery, his anecdotes and his inspirational message of overcoming adversity were listened to by all of our young adults with respect, enthusiasm, and wide-eyed wonder. I would (and have) asked Anthony to return and would encourage many other schools as possible to do the same. The change in people’s attitudes after Anthony’s talk was palpable and clear, we at Greenford High School are really delighted that we found such an engaging and passionate young man.

Mr. Jones | Assistant Head Teacher, Greenford High School


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