Rally heroes' £250K gift

Basingstoke Gazette: Rally heroes' £250K gift Rally heroes' £250K gift

WOUNDED heroes have raised more than £250,000 for a Tidworth-based charity.

The group of wounded service personnel and veterans presented the Help for Heroes-run Recovery Centre, in Tedworth House, with £259,000.

A team of volunteers formed Race2Recovery, who raced to inspire those who are injured, disabled or facing adversity.

And Race2Recovery made history this year when they were the first disabled team to complete the world’s toughest car race – the Dakar Rally.

Giles Woodhouse, Tedworth House centre manager, said: “To accept this cheque is a real honour.

What the Race2Recovery team have achieved over the past two years is incredible and gives a strong message to all of our wounded, injured and sick – that they can still achieve remarkable things, post injury.

“Here at the Help for Heroesrun Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, we look forward to using this remarkable sum of money to continue to inspire, enable and support our wounded service personnel, veterans and their families, for life.”

Tedworth House is one of four recovery centres run by Help for Heroes, which forms part of the Defence Recovery Capability.

It aims to inspire the wounded, injured and sick and returning veterans to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives, which will enable them to reach their full potential.

Captain Tony Harris, who is a rally driver and wounded veteran, said: “To be able to take on the world’s toughest race and make history as the first disabled team, has been a huge honour and rare privilege.

“However, if it hadn’t been for the fantastic support of the public, channelled through our fantastic service charity, Help for Heroes, we would have never have dreamt of pushing the boundaries of the possible after injury.

“I know this money is sorely needed and will be put to excellent use. After today, we can set our sights on Dakar Rally 2014.”

Donations to the Race2Recovery fundraising campaign for the Help for Heroes run Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, can be made at www.race2recovery.com or follow the team Twitter (@race2recovery) and Facebook.

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