Levison, a seasoned adventurer, explorer and Parachute Regiment veteran, will present at the Endeavour Fund Awards, which will be attended by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.
The Awards recognise the achievements of wounded, injured and sick veterans who have taken on extraordinary physical and adventure challenges to help with their recovery and rehabilitation. Nine individuals are nominated for three Endeavour Fund Awards at this year’s event, which takes place in Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on 1st February.
The Endeavour Fund is a project led by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The fund plays an important role in ensuring that more veterans have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. It aims to target those that are hard to reach and to support activities that contribute to the participants’ physical, psychological and social recovery – either through mentorship, qualifications or work opportunities.
Major Levison Wood is a reservist attached to 77 Brigade. He served in the Regular army in third battalion, the Parachute Regiment, where he was deployed to Afghanistan.
Over the past eight years he has travelled to over 80 countries as a writer and travel photographer. His expeditions have taken him walking the length of the Nile, as well as to the Himalayas and Central America and most recently over the Caucasus from Russia to Iran.
He has recently returned from a four and a half month circumnavigation of the Arabian peninsula, which included visiting the war zones of Syria, Iraq and Yemen. During this trip, six wounded, injured and sick servicemen joined Levison in Oman for one week as part of an Endeavour Fund expedition.
“The Endeavour Fund is a cause that is very close to my heart. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some life-changing adventures, and for me, this is about giving something back and helping others to utilise sport and adventure to help with their recovery. By giving wounded, injured and sick veterans the chance to push their boundaries through expeditions and adventures, we can provide them with a platform to show what they’re capable of, and for more fulfilling achievements and life experiences in the future.”
Levison, who was in the same platoon as Prince Harry at Sandhurst, added:
“I’m looking forward to working with the Endeavour Fund team on ideas for new expeditions, raising awareness and meeting as many veterans as possible. I am particularly looking forward to presenting the Awards as it’s a chance to meet the courageous individuals who have overcome adversity and achieved incredible things over the past year.”