Prince Harry’s Antarctic call highlights two historic expeditions by wounded soldiers
Endeavour Fund patron, Prince Harry, who is taking part in the South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, calls Row2Recovery prior to parallel expeditions to trek to the South Pole and row across the Atlantic.
Both expeditions are supported by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry through their Endeavour Fund. They highlight the sheer determination and courage of injured Service personnel and hope to inspire others with physical challenges to achieve their potential.
Prince Harry, who is currently in Antarctica for the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, made a phone call from the Antarctic Plateau to offer his support to injured Service personnel who will be rowing across the Atlantic in a grueling 3,000 nautical mile race from the Canary Islands to Antigua starting on Wednesday 4 December.
The 2013 Row2Recovery are competing in the Atlantic Challenge rowing race against 15 other teams. Their crew consists of two able-bodied soldiers; Captain Mark Jenkins and Captain James Kayll, and two amputees rowers, Corporal Scott Blaney and Lance Corporal Cayle Royce. The Row2Recovery transatlantic rowing team is hoping for better luck than their 2011 predecessors whose crossing was dogged by technical difficulties. That crew also received a morale boosting call from Prince Harry in 2011 whilst mid-Atlantic. They are setting out to raise funds for Help for Heroes who work tirelessly to improve the lives of injured Service personnel and their families.
The Walking With the Wounded Teams of injured Service personnel set off on their charity trek across the Antarctic on 1 Dec. Prince Harry joins the UK Team with Sergeant Duncan Slater, Captain Guy Disney, Captain Ibrar Ali MC and Major Kate Philp. The South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 hopes to raise money for wounded servicemen and women to fund their re-training and re-education with the aim of helping them find long-term employment after they have left the Armed Forces. This extreme expedition to Antarctica also aims to inspire those injured in battle, showing them what you can achieve post-injury.