Star re­veals turn­ing points in life as he helps home­less

Solihull News - - NEWS -

TV pre­sen­ter and for­mer Top Gear star Richard Ham­mond says he is “ridicu­lously lucky” to have his ca­reer and health.

The pre­sen­ter was air­lifted to hospi­tal af­ter flip­ping in a drag­ster in 2006 and es­caped from a crashed car in Ger­many just last year mo­ments be­fore the ve­hi­cle burst into flames.

Ham­mond, from Soli­hull, said those mo­ments could have been “turn­ing points” and he is for­tu­nate to be alive and have the job he does af­ter be­ing “slung” out of sixth form.

The Grand Tour pre­sen­ter re­flected on the water­shed mo­ments in his life of ad­ven­ture while con­sid­er­ing the plight of those liv­ing on the streets of the UK.

Serv­ing soup at the Cen­tre­point home­less hos­tel in Lon­don, Ham­mond looked back on the ups and downs of his ca­reer. “I have been ex­tremely lucky. It just takes one lit­tle thing.

“You don’t re­alise un­til af­ter­wards that it was ac­tu­ally go­ing to turn out to be some­thing huge.

“That could have been a turn­ing point. That could have gone the other way.”

He added: “I was slung out of sixth form and had a free year of do­ing pretty much noth­ing. I walked my dog a lot.

“I am ridicu­lously lucky with my ca­reer, be­ing able to tour the world with The Grand Tour and talk about peo­ple’s cars.

“I think ev­ery­one has those turn­ing points.”

Richard Ham­mond

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