A Halifax man says he’s sure he can ‘change the lives’ of amputees through his AmpCamp retreats and training sessions.
Ben Lovell lost half his right leg after suffering a blood clot in July 2017.
An unsuccessful seven-hour bypass surgery left him with a stump which he is now fighting to keep alive by maximising blood flow via his remaining blood vessels through exercise.
And after initially struggling to come to terms with his situation, Ben has found solace in helping other amputees as part of his AmpCamp sessions.
During the national coronavirus lockdown enforced in March, the 42-year-old launched AmpCamp Tenerife – a week long retreat for amputees held on the Spanish Island.
The first retreat is due to take place in January with American bodybuilder Flex Wheeler, who lost part of his right leg in October, booked as the special guest. The event is sold-out.
And Corporal Andy Reid MBE will be attending the retreat in July 2021 to deliver a motivational speech.
Ben said: “The whole point is to bring amputees together in a place where they can spend a week in 5* luxury. There’s a Michelin-star chef with loads of sports included.
“They can relax around each other knowing that they’re all in the same boat.
“If I spend a week with them I know that I can change their lives.”
Off the back of AmpCamp Tenerife’s successful launch Ben decided to host similar sessions in the UK.
AmpCamp Fitness UK’s first session took place at Halifax Boxing Club, on Mill Lane, three weeks ago.
“Everyone gets half-an-hour on the bags with the boxing instructor and I then run a 30-minute circuit,” said Ben.
“Afterwards we have a sandwich, coffee and a chat.”
The former road worker told YorkshireLive he has been in dialogue with gyms across the UK with a view to taking the free AmpCamp sessions across the country.
Ben has also launched his own amputee clothing range and recently donated more than 300 single trainers to the England Amputee Football Team and its academy.
“Because it (the amputation) was so hard for me at the beginning, everything I’ve done since has been about helping and improving the lives of other amputees,” he said.
“That’s what my life revolves around now and it’s given me some sort of meaning to losing my leg.”