Inspirational double amputee Duncan Slater to be special guest at Walking With The Wounded fundraiser
- Credit: Archant Norfolk
An inspirational army veteran who has completed a several gruelling endurance challenges despite losing both his legs in Afghanistan will be the special guest at a fundraising event for wounded soldiers.
Sgt Duncan Slater feared he may never be able walk again after being struck by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Babaji, Helmand province, Afghanistan in July 2009.
But he has bravely fought back despite his difficulties, becoming the first double amputee to ski to the South Pole and finish the tough Marathon des Stables in the Sahara desert.
Now he is due to give a short speech at a charity evening being organised by Valerie Brundle at King's Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday, September 22, which will raise cash for Walking With The Wounded.
Ms Brundle, of Dersingham, said Sgt Slater was a 'fantastic' person.
She added: 'He hasn't given up. He's got the drive behind him and has done so well.
'He has shown that anyone can do it if they're strong enough and determined enough. You have to admire people like that - they never give up.'
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She said she wanted to raise money for Walking With The Wounded because: 'I think they do tremendous work.'
The charity provides support to veterans hurt in conflict to help them get back into society and live independently.
Ms Brundle said: 'They do some really good things and I just think they deserve the help.
'There are lots of other charities but I haven't seen anything in King's Lynn to help Walking With The Wounded. I know people have heard of it but I'm not sure they know what they do.'
The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band will perform during the evening, which starts at 7.30pm.
Included in the night's entertainment will be a raffle, with one lucky person in the audience winning a prize from their seat number, which will be chosen on the night.
Tickets are £19 and are available from the King's Lynn Corn Exchange box office on 01553 764864.