FOUR amputee soldiers haven completed a 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean in aid of a Henley charity.
The men, who set off from the Canary Islands on December 20, were expected to arrive at the finish line in English Harbour, Antigua, as the Henley Standard went to press.
But they passed the 61st meridian west on Tuesday, meaning they became the first all-amputee crew to row across the ocean,
L Cpl Cayle Royce, Guardsman Paddy Gallagher, Fl Sgt Nigel Rogoff and C Sgt Lee Spencer are taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise money for Row2Recovery, which helps injured servicemen.
They were in eighth position out of 26 competitors.
The men 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.
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