I was born on Tuesday 20th November 1984 at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. At the age of four in April 1989, I was diagnosed with autism. “Go home and watch Rain Man,” the specialist told my mother. “In all probability your son will be institutionalised.” Determined to prove the specialist wrong, my late, beloved mother Hazel Davies (who sadly passed away suddenly on 18th December 2020 due to Covid and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease aged 77) set out to give her son the best life possible.
Raised in a single parent household and encountering bureaucracy, bullying, and a lack of understanding from many we came across, I emerged from a turbulent childhood to win a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award for publicly sharing my experiences of growing up with autism while also securing my dream job as a Broadcast Statistician at Manchester United Television.
After leaving MUTV after eleven and a half years in April 2014, I secured a book deal with Bennion Kearny Publishing to write my autistic memoir entitled “I’ve Got a Stat for You-My Life with Autism” exactly a year to the hour later. This was following an interview on my life with Broadcasting giant, John Humphrys, on BBC Radio Four’s flagship Today Programme on Easter Saturday 2015.
Since publication, “I’ve Got a Stat…” has received glowing testimonials from a wide range of well known personalities including acclaimed Comedian, writer and Broadcaster Stewart Lee, Comedian, writer and Broadcaster Robin Ince, BBC’s Dan Walker, Sky Sports’ Hayley McQueen, Multi Award Winning Broadcaster, Writer and former England Cricket Captain Michael Atherton OBE and Sky Sports Broadcaster and former British & Irish Lion, Will Greenwood MBE.
Over the years, I have also received covered from BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Sport, BBC Wales Today, BBC Radio Wales, ITV Wales Online, The Cricket Paper, Men’s Fitness Magazine, Wales Online and The Daily Express Online.
I am now the author of three published books with “A Vision of Exercise” the latest to be published in April 2018 again on Bennion Kearny Publishing. The Foreword of which was written by multiple Ashes and World Cup winning England wicket-keeper batter Sarah Taylor.
I have also volunteered my time in various capacities with several organisations in very different roles. These have included with Brymbo Heritage Trust (where I compiled the well received published book “Steel, Bat and Ball- A Pictorial History of Football and Cricket in Brymbo 1882-2015”), looking after the next generation of autistic youngsters in my local area from October 2017 to October 2019 and at Wepre Park in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire from August 2017 to the present day lifting heavy logs, rocks and stones.
Amongst my volunteering, I raised funds with an Auction and Raffle Evening for Your Space, a local autism charity based in Wrexham. This resulted in Autism Friendly Gym Sessions taking place once a week during holiday time at Number One Health Strength Performance in Queensferry, North Wales from April 2019 to February 2020. For my totally unpaid work in organising the above event, I won a High Sheriff of Clwyd Community Award at a ceremony in March 2019.
Furthermore, I am delighted to announce that from Tuesday 8th June 2021, I am employed in a paid part-time role by Your Space as a Fundraising Assistant.
In addition to this, I also give non-profit speeches on several facets of mine and my family’s experiences with my autism. If you would like to hire me please phone or email me with the details available on my contact page.
From Wrexham to Buckingham Palace via The Houses of Parliament, and incorporating stories of The Simpsons, sport, music, statistics, facts and much more– my life is a powerful and inspirational tale that shows how determination, a positive outlook, a close knit family support network and the will to succeed can overcome most odds!