Charlie Boswell joined the Royal Signals in 2009 as a Communication Systems Operator. During training for a tour of Afghanistan, Charlie sustained a back injury that meant he was unable to complete the tour, and he left the Army in November 2013.
He first encountered Mission Motorsport in August the year after his injury through a referral by a friend. At the time, Charlie was working a security job, but it made his back injury flare up to the extent that he collapsed at work and ended up spending four months off work on sick leave. He was in a very bad way, both physically and mentally when a friend of his told him about Mission Motorsport. He phoned up and was put in contact with the Head of Vocation and Training, Adam. Soon after, Charlie attended an event at the Heritage Museum, and after spending the day taking part in car control activities and chatting with fellow Mission Motorsport blokes, he was told by his girlfriend that it was “the first time she’d seem [him] smile and laugh in a long time”, which encouraged him to keep attending Mission Motorsport events and get more involved. He’s attended Races of Remembrance, as well as the Mission Motorsport Invitational and the Festival of Speed at Goodwood. He’s also taken part in livery work and training at Mission Motorsport HQ in Wantage and, through Mission Motorsport, he was put forward for a placement working as a team leader at Cab Auto, who are a Jaguar Land Rover supplier.
The process of leaving the Army was a very long one for Charlie, and for a long time he was in limbo between the Army and civilian life, but according to Charlie, being in contact with Mission Motorsport really helped with the transition back to civilian life. After learning new skills and meeting new people through Mission Motorsport, he has now secured a job working in the Marketing department at Polaris UK, and he is loving his new role.
“Being involved with Mission Motorsport has really helped in a personal way. Being in the Army was the only thing I ever wanted to do, so to have that taken away from me so early left me in a really bad way. Mission Motorsport did everything possible to help me find a new job. I never would’ve applied to the job I’m in now if it weren’t for Mission Motorsport, but I really love it.”
Adam Marchant-Wincott, Head of Vocation and Training at Mission Motorsport: “Charlie Boswell has been engaged with Mission Motorsport for 2.5 years and during this time Mission Motorsport brokered a work placement with Cab Autos (a Jaguar Land Rover supply chain partner) where he was offered a full-time role as a Line Manager. Charlie made the difficult but informed decision to turn the role down and continued to engage with the charity after that. In March 2016, a Mission Motorsport partner, Polaris UK, were looking for a marketing assistant, and Charlie was put forward for interview, which he passed with flying colours. He was subsequently offered, and is now in, full-time employment working with the world’s leading manufacturer of all-terrain vehicles.”
Sarah Johnson, Marketing Specialist at Polaris UK said: “We’re glad that we could help Charlie get back on his feet. He’s a great asset to Polaris.”