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JCIP #214 – Leo Winstanley


In episode 214 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with entrepreneur, businessman and teacher, Leo Winstanley.

Leo is the Founder of Hand-I-Craft, which makes bespoke furniture tailor-made to their customers requirements.

They make everything from simple candle holders to kitchen accessories, household furniture and outdoor and garden furniture.

Hand-I-Craft was born out of a hugely traumatic moment in Leo’s life. On 5 May 2018, he was involved in a horrific car crash that wasn’t his fault and left him with life-changing injuries.

He lost complete use of his right arm, his dominant arm and then suffered a mental health breakdown.

He also lives with chronic neuropathic pain in his right shoulder and side he still manages today.

After going into therapy, he took up woodworking after his counsellor suggested he learn a new skill. Leo wanted to prove to himself that he wasn’t worthless and useless like his demons had been telling him.

In this episode we discuss his teaching journey and the events of that day in 2018 which changed his life forever.

We explore the PTSD he experienced as a result of the crash, anxiety, depression, the pillars of support his partner and two older brothers were for him in crisis and recovery and how the genesis of Hand-I-Craft began from that moment of huge trauma.

As always, #itsokaytovent

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