During a recent meeting at Kensington Palace, Prince Harry had the opportunity to wish good luck to three servicemen and women who will be participating in a John O’Groats to Land’s End training ride with former British Special Forces soldier Dean Stott.
Prince Harry also took the opportunity to share the exciting news that Sally Orange, Duncan Forbes and Damian Barrett will be supported on their none-day training ride by a grant from the Endeavour Fund, which will cover transport, accommodation and food. The team will be riding from 3 to 11 May and will average 110 miles per day.
The training ride is part of Dean Stott’s preparation for 2018 when he will be cycling the entire length of the Pan-American Highway to raise money for Heads Together. Though he had done very little cycling until quite recently, Stott is determined to break the current world record by completing the 14,000-mile journey across North and South America in less than 117 days. He also hopes to raise £1m for charity in the process.
Led by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the Endeavour Fund supports wounded, sick and injured Veterans and Service personnel through sport and adventure challenges to improve recovery and rehabilitation. Launched in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has since helped almost 1,500 WIS through 39 different projects and raised £2.3m for other charities focused on the armed forces.
Dean said: “I am delighted to be able to work alongside the Endeavour Fund and train for this event alongside these inspirational individuals. My challenge will be extremely difficult, but not as difficult as some of these wounded, injured and sick Servicemen have had to overcome, they are a credit to our Forces.”
Servicewoman Sally Orange – who participated in last Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon as a member of team Heads Together – said: “Having recently completed and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of running the London Marathon for Heads Together, I feel very privileged to be able to support Dean on this training ride, ahead of his incredible challenge next year. I’m very grateful for the support which the Endeavour Fund is giving Duncan, Damien and myself to go on the John O’Groats to Land’s End ride and am proud to show how important sport is in tackling mental health illnesses. I truly believe sport is a therapy in itself.”