FOUR amputee soldiers have finished a 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic Ocean in aid of a Henley based charity.
L Cpl Cayle Royce, Guardsman Paddy Gallagher, Fl Sgt Nigel Rogoff and C Sgt Lee Spencer rowed into English Harbour, Antigua, yesterday (Thursday), 46 days after setting off from the Canary Islands.
The men, who raised flares as they reached the finish line, were taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise money for Row2Recovery, which helps injured servicemen.
They are known as the “Legless Rowers” as they have all had one or both legs amputated following attacks or accidents. During their voyage, they have battled storms, sores and sickness.
Hundreds of people gathered at the harbour to welcome the men, who became the first amputee crew to cross the Atlantic. There was also a ten gun salute by local soldiers as they disembarked.
Prince Harry then personally called the men to congratulate them on their achievement.
L Cpl Royce, who had both his legs amputated in 2012 after being injured while serving in Afghanistan, skippered another Row2Recovery crew which completed the same challenge in 2013.
The crew are also raising money for the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Help for Heroes and the Endeavour Fund.
Row2Recovery supports the development of Military Para-Rowing in partnership with British Rowing. It is supported by the Endeavour Fund, created by the Prince, and the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
To make a donation, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/row2recovery
For a full report see next week’s Henley Standard.