Injured soldiers finish desert trek
Four injured paratroopers have trekked across the North African desert and raised almost £50,000 for a Colchester-based charity supporting wounded servicemen and their families.
Sergeant Allan Jackson, Private Mark Vidler, Private Patrick Burns, Private Callum Urquhart and trek organiser, Captain Matt Clamp, all took part in the Mission Morocco 2012.
The active soldiers spent 14 days trekking in the North African desert to raise funds for The Afghanistan Trust.
All of the soldiers taking part in the trek were injured during active duty in Afghanistan with two losing a leg below the knee.
During the challenge the soldiers carried out specially designed tasks, including seeking out a safe house by cover of darkness, carrying out mine clearing exercises, and a 10-mile march.
Captain Matt Clamp, said: “I think Mission Morocco 2012 was one of the most rewarding experiences we’ve all carried out as part of the regiment. It was definitely gruelling at times, the 10-mile march especially.
“Knowing that we’ve smashed the fundraising target we all feel really proud of our achievement and know the money will be well spent.”
Colin Smith MBE, chief executive officer of The Afghanistan Trust, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support Mission Morocco has received and despite suffering injuries themselves, these men’s courage and selfless determination to help others in need and their families is inspiring.”
Last month’s trip was sponsored by Nissan and carried out as part of its ongoing commitment to the charity, which supports Parachute Regiment soldiers who are injured, their families and the families of those killed on operations in Afghanistan.
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