Disability team in town

MOTORSPORT - DAKAR PERU CHILE ARGENTINA  2013 - STAGE 1 / ETAPE 1 - START / DEPART - LIMA  (PER) TO PISCO (PER) - 05/01/2013 - PHOTO : DPPI - '373 HARRIS TONY ( ROYAUME-UNI ) DEROUSSEAUX CATHERINE ( FRANCE ) - BOWLER - RACE2RECOVERY - ACTION
MOTORSPORT - DAKAR PERU CHILE ARGENTINA 2013 - STAGE 1 / ETAPE 1 - START / DEPART - LIMA (PER) TO PISCO (PER) - 05/01/2013 - PHOTO : DPPI - '373 HARRIS TONY ( ROYAUME-UNI ) DEROUSSEAUX CATHERINE ( FRANCE ) - BOWLER - RACE2RECOVERY - ACTION

A group of injured servicemen who are part of the world’s first disability team to complete a gruelling race will be in Eastbourne this month to talk about their experience.

Money from the event will be in aid of Help for Heroes and will see Race2Recovery - which consists mainly of injured servicemen – talk about the incredible mission of finishing the world’s toughest race.

It took two years of physical training, working tirelessly and gaining sponsorship before the team of 28 drivers, co-drivers, logistic experts and mechanics made it to South America for the Dakar Rally event.

Two of the crew Captain Tony Harris from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and Corporal Tom Neathway of Parachute Regiment – who have both losts limbs – will be at Eastbourne College Theatre on Friday June 21 for the fundraiser.

The event is brought to Eastbourne by local business FireStep Publishing run by Ryan Gearing who had the idea of turning the Race2Recovery mission into a book in 2011. Helped by ex-Eastbourne college pupil Stephanie Temple they followed the team for 12 months and co-published the story with Haynes in March this year.

Race2Recovery is a team of volunteers, racing to inspire those who are injured, disabled or facing adversity, by being the first team of predominantly injured servicemen to complete the Dakar Rally.

Simon Davies, headmaster at Eastbourne College, said, “We are delighted to be hosting this event and to be supporting Race2Recovery. The college has very strong connections with the armed forced (two OEs have been awarded the VC, the current Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards is an OE and former pupils are on and have seen active service in Iraq and Afghanistan).

“Many of our pupils have been committed supporters of Help for Heroes since it was launched and we look forward to welcoming the Race2Recovery team and hearing, first hand, about their experiences.”

Entry is by ticket only and costs £12, with discounts available for some people. The event is at 6.30pm for 7pm.

Call 0845 4751945 or 452255.