Prince Harry has met with three wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women who will be joining former British Special Forces soldier Dean Stott on a John O’Groats to Land’s End training ride.
During the meeting at Kensington Palace, which was also attended by Dean, Prince Harry wished them good luck and also shared the good news that the Endeavour Fund will be supporting Sally Orange, Duncan Forbes and Damian Barrett on their training ride. The grant will cover their accommodation, food and transport during the nine-day ride.
In 2018, Dean plans to cycle the entire length of the Pan-American highway, aiming to break the world record which currently stands at 117 days. He will be covering a total of 14,000 miles as he cycles the length of North and South America. Dean is taking on this challenge to raise money for Heads Together, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s campaign to change the national conversation on mental health.
In preparation for his challenge, Dean is taking on a training ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End from 3rd to 11th May. Over the course of nine days, Dean and the rest of the team will cover over 900 miles in total with an average of 110 miles per day.
Dean explains: “I am delighted to be able to work alongside the Endeavour Fund and train for this event alongside these inspirational individuals. My challenge will be extremely difficult, but not as difficult as some of these wounded, injured and sick Servicemen have had to overcome, they are a credit to our Forces.”
Sally Orange said: ‘Having recently completed and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of running the London Marathon for Heads Together, I feel very privileged to be able to support Dean on this training ride, ahead of his incredible challenge next year. I’m very grateful for the support which the Endeavour Fund is giving Duncan, Damien and myself to go on the John O’Groats to Land’s End ride and am proud to show how important sport is in tackling mental health illnesses. I truly believe sport is a therapy in itself.’
The Endeavour Fund is a programme led by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It aims to support wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and Veterans using sport and adventurous challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported 39 different projects that have directly assisted close to 1,500 WIS. Through their own fundraising, these endeavours have collectively raised £2.3m for other forces charities.
To find out more about Dean’s Pan American Highway Challenge please visit https://www.deanstott.com/pah-2018