RAF veteran Duncan Slater, from Scole, takes on new role at charity and prepares for his next challenge

Duncan Slater running the London Marathon, centre, with Christopher Moore on the right.

Duncan Slater running the London Marathon, centre, with Christopher Moore on the right. - Credit: Archant

An inspirational RAF veteran, who was badly injured in Afghanistan, has taken on a new role – engaging with businesses, organisations and the government to promote the mobility needs of disabled people.

Duncan Slater running the London Marathon, centre, with Christopher Moore on the right.

Duncan Slater running the London Marathon, centre, with Christopher Moore on the right. - Credit: Archant

Duncan Slater, from Scole, near Diss, had a double lower leg amputation when the vehicle he was travelling detonated an explosive device in 2009. His new role, external affairs manager of the Norfolk-based charity Disabled Motoring UK, will also see the 36 year old act as a spokesman for the charity.

Mr Slater said: 'It's taking a bit of getting used to but I can relate. There is a lot to do, with trying to get our point across, but it's really good.'

And as he settles into the new job, Mr Slater has been spending his spare time running in Thetford Forest as he prepares for what is known as the toughest foot race on earth.

In seven weeks' time, the former RAF Regiment gunner will travel to the Sahara Desert to complete six marathons in six days to raise money for the charity Walking With the Wounded.

He said: 'It's going to be good fun and I can't wait. I'm doing it with Christopher Moore who put me in the helicopter the day I was injured.

'Most people will struggle but I've just got to manage my temperature. I've got to be careful because I'll sweat a lot and my legs won't be able to dry out.

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'The prosthetics have to be comfortable, robust and strong. If they break then I'm kind of stuck. There's no support team and you've got to carry everything.'

For more information about Disabled Motoring UK visit, http://www.disabledmotoring.org/

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