Meningitis sufferer and amputee becomes a lifeguard

12th November 2017

19-year-old Will Hardy has recently trained to be a lifeguard for Jesmond Community Pool despite having severe meningitis

Will Hardy

At the age of two, Will was diagnosed with severe meningitis, which resulted in the loss of three limbs. However, 17 years later, he is inspiring others to succeed and make the most of their situation.

Jesmond Pool, which frequently runs lifeguard training programmes, held a course from 27 - 31 May, where Will gained his qualifications. Will, who has swum and trained at the pool since he was a young boy, told Jesmond Local he loves working at the pool and being given this opportunity.

Will says, “The thing I enjoy most about working at Jesmond Pool is probably the interaction with the customers and knowing I can engage with people for hours on end."

He has now been working at the pool for just over a month and continues to make customers and other pool staff smile.

One employee at the pool said, “It’s great working with Will as we have seen him grow from a child to a young adult.”

The 19-year-old is due to start a history and politics course at university in the new academic year but for now continues to enjoy his role on poolside while he is free from his studies.