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AXMINSTER: Injured soldier to scale volcanic peak

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

PROMOTING?THEIR?CLIMB: from the left -  John Mann (Labour MP), Paul Hunter (serving soldier), Luke Bartle (serving soldier), Tracey Crouch (Conservative MP), Lyndon Chatting-Walters (veteran) and Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem MP)

PROMOTING?THEIR?CLIMB: from the left - John Mann (Labour MP), Paul Hunter (serving soldier), Luke Bartle (serving soldier), Tracey Crouch (Conservative MP), Lyndon Chatting-Walters (veteran) and Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem MP)


A 23-year-old former Axminster soldier who was seriously inured in Afghanisatn is among a group of MPs and servicemen set to scale volcanic mountain peaks in Equador. Lyndon Chatting–Walters has helped organise Battle Back & Mountaineering APPG Cotopaxi Expedition 2014, which will see himself and 11 other people tackle the equatorial summits of Iliniza Norte, Cayambe and Cotopaxi – the latter being one of the world’s highest active volcanoes at 19,347 feet. Their aim is to raise £10,000 for the Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall, Shropshire, an adaptive sport and adventurous training facility for wounded, injured and sick armed forces personnel. Lyndon was badly injured by an improvised explosive devise in July in 2008 in Afghanistan at the age of 18. He was blown 60ft into a Taliban ambush position from his own position as top gun cover in a vehicle. After a long programme of treatment he returned back to the front line in 2010, but was medically discharged from the Army in 2013 because of his original injuries. The Battle Back & Mountaineering APPG Cotopaxi Expedition 2014 will take place from May 25th–June 10th. Three MPs from the UK Parliamentary Mountaineering Group - John Mann (Labour), Tracey Crouch (Conservative) and Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem) - will join soldiers who have been helped recently by the legion. Former Axe Valley Community College student Lyndon said: “I can’t pick one highlight from my Battle Back experience because there were so many. “From the varied activities and help both physically and mentally, the encouragement and support, and the interaction. “The support I received has given me the massive confidence boost I needed.” Boosting self-confidence Dave Bunting, head coach at The Battle Back Centre, said: “Our courses at The Battle Back Centre are all about helping to boost self-confidence and improve motivation through adaptive sports for wounded, injured and sick soldiers, many who have been through traumatic or life-changing experiences. “The Ecuador expedition will see a group of serving soldiers and veterans who have spent time at the centre take part in this unique, once in a lifetime experience which we will hope will further enhance their recovery and future development. “It is a physically and psychologically demanding challenge that will push the whole team to its limits – people that want to show their support for the team can do so by donating via our JustGiving page”


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