Armed Forces Veterans Sports Scheme Launched by Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation

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.

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Ex-sergeant training for World’s Strongest Disabled Man

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.

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The perfect wedding gift! Support Prince Harry’s charity by climbing the fells for our wounded soldiers

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.

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