Double amputee veteran Neil Heritage to re-attempt Matterhorn climb
Last year Neil attempted to become the first double above knee amputee to summit one of the deadliest mountains in the world. Last year Neil attempted the climb but was unsuccessful for a several reasons. He experienced some unforeseen prosthetics issues which had a roll on affect on his time and he was unable to reach the designated overnight location. Although the team did not reach the summit last year they learnt a lot from the experience.
This year Neil is planning to not only reach the summit with an adapted plan from last year but also raise funds for 'Blesma'. The charity have supported Neil throughout his recovery since loosing both legs in 2004, while he was serving in Iraq. Blesma have also supported him in preparing for the climb. It would be great to give something back by raising much needed funds so they can continue helping many more amputees.
This summer a team of 6 will assist Neil in climbing the Matterhorn, from the more difficult 'Lions ridge' Italian side of the mountain.
The support team comprises of two former British Army soldiers, and friends, Steve Green and Mark Hooks and four other mountain guides. Neil and his team have made the most of the last 12 months by not only training hard but ensuring contingencies are in place for all eventualities.
Blesma, 'The Limbless Veterans Charity' is a national charity for all limbless service personal, their widows and dependants. It was formed in the years following the First World War and became
a national charity in 1932.
The team aims to start the climb on 30th July 2018 (weather dependent) and expect to take 4-6 days to reach the summit and safely navigate off the Matterhorn. You can follow Neil on his epic journey via his Facebook page 'climb2Recovery'.
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