Severely injured soldiers and veterans making up three international teams from the; UK, Canada, and New Zealand, are to cycle, using specialist recumbent tandem cycles, over 1500 miles from the most southern point to the most northern point of New Zealand during late October and November 2018.
Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation are running an activity and personal development programme for ex-services personnel as part of their ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces.
Funded by The Royal British Legion and supported by the Hartlepool Borough Council, HUCSF will use sports activities and social events to help address the issues faced by veterans once they have left military service.
Ex-army sergeant, Mark Smith will be trying for his third title as Britain’s Strongest Disabled Man. Mark was shot in the right leg six times and once in the right arm while serving for the Grenadier Guards in Canada. He had to have his right leg amputated above the knee after being injured during a live firing exercise.
Mark, 33, said: ‘I was on life support and I was told if they didn’t amputate my leg that day I wouldn’t see out the rest of the day because it was giving me organ failure. ‘It was killing me, I wasn’t really left with an option. ‘I was more worried about what would happen, being a husband and a dad and having a mortgage.’ Mark joined the Forces when he was 18 but couldn’t continue after losing a limb.
Walking With The Wounded’s Cumbrian Challenge will support more than 250 ex-servicemen and women who are currently homeless, unemployed or struggling with their mental health, get their lives back on track and back to full health.
A blind Second World War veteran has taken to the slopes for the first time – just two days after his 96th birthday.
Gordon Mills, of Edinburgh, had his first ever ski lesson at Midlothian Snowsports Centre on Tuesday in a trip arranged by charity Scottish War Blinded.