Thursday, April 9, 2009
A SQUADDIE who lost a leg just a month into his Afghanistan tour is training to swim the English Channel for Help for Heroes.
Grenadier guardsman Scott Blaney, 22, was determined his injuries would not stop him.
And he is one of five wounded soldiers being treated at Headley Court Military Hospital, in Surrey, who will swim the 22-mile Channel for the £20million appeal.
His team-mates include RAF Senior Aircraftsman Mike Goody, 23, of Littlehampton, West Sussex. He suffered multiple fractures in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.
Scott, of Nuneaton, Warwicks, was on patrol in Helmand when a Taliban bomb exploded.
He lost his right leg and suffered shrapnel wounds to an arm and eye.
But he recovered to become the first amputee to go on Queen’s Guard training, and stood sentry at the Tower of London.
Organiser Maj Hamish McCarthy said: “The lads have shown incredible bravery and determination.”
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