Rowing the Atlantic for Help for Heroes

A TEAM of rowers from Tedworth House recovery centre in Tidworth are rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for Help for Heroes.

The Row2Recovery team, made up of both wounded and able bodied members of the army, set off on December 4.

The group is one of 16 teams from Australia, Sweden and the UK taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.

The team includes Trooper Cayle Royce and Corporal Scott Blaney, who both suffered life-changing injuries while on duty in Afghanistan, as well as Captain James Kayll and Captain Mark Jenkins.

Tpr Royce, who had both his legs amputated above the knee after stepping on an explosive device in May 2012, said: “Losing both of my legs doesn’t mean I have lost my passion. I want to show others that injury is not the end and show the military in a positive light and get the support for the wounded and their families for a lifetime of care.” The team will row 24 hours a day for about six weeks, in shifts of two hours on and two hours off, burning about 8,000 calories while enduring 40ft waves and tropical storms.

Help for Heroes helped fund the team with a grant of £25,000 towards the expedition, with an additional £30,000 from The Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund. To follow the progress of the team, visit taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/the-teams/row-2-recovery/ or facebook.com/row2recovery, or search for @rowtorecovery on Twitter.

To donate, visit bmycharity.com/r2ratlantic2013.

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