Patrick Burke

Location: Based in Hertfordshire
About The Speaker...

I graduated from Aberdeen University in 1976 and worked until 2012 when I took medical retirement because of multiple sclerosis. Since then I have continued to keep myself very busy. I run an MS information website www.aid4disabled.com, I give talks to student nurses about living with a Long Term Condition, I am a Service User and I am a member of Toastmasters. My talks are my stories and my experiences of living with a disability and my experiences working in a London auction room. The aim is to educate, inform, encourage, entertain and maybe inspire people to try things that are on the edge of their comfort zone

About Their Talks...

My talks can be stand alone or if the facilities are available I can add a Power Point presentation. My talks and time for questions are approximately 1 hour though I can change this to suit the requirements.

Fee:

Fee starts at £60 but it is negotiable depending upon size of the audience. Travelling expenses will depend upon the location and distance from my base in Berkhamsted. Please contact me if there has been a last minute cancellation, I may be able to ‘step in’.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

07947 024691

"Lot 34 Showing Here Sir"

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This presentation is an insight into my experiences working in the antique silver business. I started work as a porter in the silver department of a London auction room and rose to become a valuer of silver brought in by the general public. I left the action room after 3 years and became an antiques dealer in Georgian and Victorian silver in the late 1970s. The stories of the auction room, the antique dealers and the way business was conducted are intriguing. They say that if you put 25 antiques dealers on an island they would all become millionaires, why?

How I Started Again

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I took medical retirement in January 2012 because of multiple sclerosis, a progressive physical disability. I had been in full time employment for 36 years, 30 years as a computer geek. Suddenly I realised I no longer had the energy to commute and work a full day. As a contractor I had no option but to retire. My new life was going to be very different. I talk about the challenges necessary to create a new life and make new friends. I had to adapt and I had to learn new skills. I started up a website, I started giving talks and I discovered networking. I am now happier and I feel busier than when I was in a regular job.

Walk the MS Mile

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I’m disabled with multiple sclerosis and as a consequence I am unable to walk unaided. This is the story of my challenge to walk one mile with my rollator which is a walking aid like a small supermarket trolley. I had not walked more than 400 yards in the previous 3 years. I recount the training, getting sponsors and the walk itself that I did for my local MS Therapy Centre in September 2015. I also talk about the benefits that I gained from the walk, and how I have made regular exercise a part of my daily routine.

Give Us a Smile

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How often often do you smile? Smiling is so easy and it makes other people feel happier when you smile. Today too many people seem to be too busy to find the time to smile. A smile is very important. It makes your life more enjoyable and potentially more successful. Other people appreciate a smile. I will tell you how a smile helped me to make my life easier and better in so many ways. It can also help you.

A Walk a Day

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They say we need to take a brisk 25 minute walk every day to stay healthy. Exercise is good for you; it gets the blood circulating, stretches the muscles and the body releases feel-good hormones. Exercise certainly helps me but I am unable to undertake a brisk walk because I am disabled, in fact I am unable to walk unaided. There are obvious benefits to exercise and it will help you in so many other ways. Regular exercise has huge benefits for me but it is very different because of my disability. I will tell you how it helps all of us to feel happier and feel more content.