A man who miraculously survived after jumping from a bridge in a failed suicide attempt has turned his life around and now runs a £3m business.
In the almost 20 years after he tried to kill himself Michael Josephson has not only founded a successful business but also raised millions for charity earning him an MBE.
His triumphant story is at odds with the low point he found himself at in December 1998 when, haunted by a traumatic past, he decided to try and end it all.
The jump off a bridge over the A34 would break nearly every bone in his body but he miraculously survived.
It was while being treated for the catastrophic injuries that Michael decided he would NOT let the bullies win and that he would make a success of his life.
Michael, now 42, told the Manchester Evening News : “That was the turning point of my life. I thought – I want to be a success, I want to live, I want to help other young people. Why should I let other people finish me off? I gave in to the bullies by jumping off that bridge. You should never give in to bullies.”
From that point on, Michael worked hard to build a multi-million-pound business, and he has proudly raised an incredible £3.4m for Childline and the NSPCC over the past 15 years.
He was awarded the MBE by the Queen in 2016 for his services to charity, and now he is planning his own charity ball to continue his fundraising drive in June.