South Yorkshire para’s desert challenge to help injured soldiers

Private Callum Urquhart (middle left), Private Mark Vidler (middle right), Private Patrick Burns (top) and Sergeant Allan Jackson (bottom), soldiers from the Parachute Regiment at Merville Barracks in Colchester, Essex as they prepare for Mission Morocco 2012 - a 14 day Trek through North Africa, which is sponsored by Nissan to raise #40,000 to help other injured soldiers and families in the Parachute Regiment. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 17, 2012. The soldiers will set off on Wednesday 18th April from the Parachute Regiment's barracks in Colchester alongside employees from Nissan's HQ in Rickmansworth and will make their way in convoy in specially adapted Nissan Navaras to Morocco. Photo credit should read: Jeremy Durkin/PA Wire
Private Callum Urquhart (middle left), Private Mark Vidler (middle right), Private Patrick Burns (top) and Sergeant Allan Jackson (bottom), soldiers from the Parachute Regiment at Merville Barracks in Colchester, Essex as they prepare for Mission Morocco 2012 - a 14 day Trek through North Africa, which is sponsored by Nissan to raise #40,000 to help other injured soldiers and families in the Parachute Regiment. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 17, 2012. The soldiers will set off on Wednesday 18th April from the Parachute Regiment's barracks in Colchester alongside employees from Nissan's HQ in Rickmansworth and will make their way in convoy in specially adapted Nissan Navaras to Morocco. Photo credit should read: Jeremy Durkin/PA Wire
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A SOUTH Yorkshire soldier is to accompany four injured servicemen on a gruelling fundraising trek through the Moroccan desert.

Captain Matt Clamp, aged 29, from Barnsley, is to accompany four fellow soldiers who were all injured in Afghanistan last year.

Two of the servicemen lost legs in the line of duty.

But they hope to overcome their injuries on the 14-day expedition which includes a 10-mile march, mine clearing exercises and a hike through sand dunes.

Injured paratroopers Sergeant Allan Jackson and Privates Callum Urquhart, Mark Vidler and Patrick Burns hope to raise £40,000 for The Parachute Regiment’s Afghanistan Trust which supports servicemen and their families.

Captain Matt Clamp, 29, of 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, said the men expected a ‘tough’ ride.

“When we get down to the sand dunes, that will be hard for the soldiers because they have all got lower limb injuries,” he added.

“It will be a challenge for all those taking part.

“I’m really looking forward to it but it’ll be quite tough.”

The group set off at 4am yesterday and expect to arrive back in Britain on May 1.

They will use specially adapted Nissan Navaras for the North African mission which forms part of the car giant’s commitment to raise £250,000 for the Afghanistan Trust.

Colin Smith, the trust’s chief executive officer, said those taking part were ‘some of The Parachute Regiment’s most talented and dedicated servicemen’.

“Despite suffering injuries themselves, these men’s courage and selfless determination to help others in need and their families is inspiring,” he added.