Rick Clement, who lost both legs whilst serving with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in Afghanistan, is taking on The Big One Abseil at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, to raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Rick, who was featured in Bryan Adams’ recent photography exhibition that documented many wounded and injured veterans, and walked in public for the first time at a Remembrance Event in Blackpool in November 2015, will be joining his comrades from his former Regiment for the 235 foot descent. Rick will be undertaking the abseil with the help from a specially-modified climbing harness, which was provided by the Battle Back Centre.
On taking on The Big One, Rick said: “This is a pretty big challenge – all 235 feet of it! Supporting charities that support the men and women of the Armed Forces something close to my heart. As the National Charity of the British Army, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity look after all soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need. All the money me and the rest of the team raises will make a big difference those who might need their help at some point in their lives.”
Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of The Soldiers’ Charity says: “The Big One is not for the faint-hearted, as anyone who’s been to Blackpool can attest. We are immensely proud at the Charity that Rick is taking on this for us. As he has shown many times, he will not let his injuries hold him back, and he will be helped out by a great bunch of guys from his Regiment. The money raised by everyone taking part in the abseil will make a real difference to those soldiers and veterans who may need our help.
The Big One takes place on the 6th June 2016 at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. For further information or to sign up, please visit www.soldierscharity.org/bigoneabseil or email our North West office at [email protected]