Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund backing Team Britannia
In April the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s Endeavour Fund announced their support for Team Britannia’s round the world record bid.
The boat, a variant of the fast displacement hull, will be crewed by a team of twelve. Including up to four wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women (WIS) on each of the seven legs of the voyage.
Mr Priddy commented, ‘I am delighted that we are receiving this generous and welcome support from the Endeavour Fund as part of this historic record attempt. Back in 2014 when my team and I first started to talk about bolstering our crew with wounded and injured servicemen and women, we all knew that it was the right thing to do, especially as several of the existing crew have strong ties to the military.'
According to a recent study from King's College London there are around 83,000 former servicemen and women who are still suffering from their physical or mental injuries from the wars of the last 25 years.
Mr Priddy added, “Even with these life-changing injuries there is still that incredible can-do attitude, their passion and tenacity. We want to harness this as we prepare to take back the round the world powerboat record for Great Britain. No one should make the mistake of thinking that these men and women will be passengers – we simply don’t have room for passengers. Every crewmember will to do their fair share. They will be full members of their watch and take part in all the activities necessary to ensure we are successful.’
The wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women will be selected over the coming months. They will be put through a series of rigorous tests to ensure that they are able to cope with the physical and mental challenges of the record attempt. The extensive selection process has been developed by specialist training company Team Endeavour Racing (TER) and will be overseen by former army Captain Stuart Croxford.
Harry Holt, Chairman of the Endeavour Fund said, ‘I am thrilled the Endeavour Fund will be supporting Team Britannia’s world-record attempt. This is a fantastic opportunity for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women selected to be a part of this team to using sport and adventurous challenges as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. But more than that, this amazing challenge will provide them with skills and experience they need for a better onward transition.’
In 2012, fuelled by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s passion for supporting the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, The Royal Foundation created the Endeavour Fund.
The Endeavour Fund offers seed funding for sporting and adventure challenges and helps emerging initiatives with advice, hands-on support and mentoring. The fund plays an important role in ensuring that more Servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.
Endeavour Fund www.endeavourfund.co.uk
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