Our Prosthetist, Moose Baxter, will be joining 3 of his military colleagues in The Cumbrian Challenge 2013 on Saturday 18th May. This is a grueling challenge over the Cumbrian Peaks, competing against our inspirational wounded servicemen, in aid of Walking With The Wounded.
Moose has previously worked with British and Foreign military where he developed expertise in treating complex trauma injuries and limb-loss, from the early stages immediately after injury, through to the individual’s very active and adventurous stage of rehabilitation.
Moose continues his links with the military as a reservist soldier with the Honourable Artillery Company, which keeps him busy with regular field training, as well as ceremonial duties. He is passionate about competing in this challenge to raise money for the charity Walking With The Wounded (WWTW).
Walking With the Wounded (WWTW) aim to fund the re-training and re-education of servicemen and women, both veterans and those leaving The Armed Forces. Our armed forces risk their lives in extreme circumstances, and they do so with great professionalism and courage. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, losing their lives in the course of duty or suffer horrific injuries. When they return home they face a very different future to the one they had planned and with challenges they never imagined.
WWTW finance new qualifications, education and training programmes for those who are injured, to help with career transition. This enables the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded personnel to rebuild their lives and to return to the work place.
“As reservists for the Honourable Artillery Company my team all feel passionately that any support we can offer to charities is the least we can do. I personally have worked with the MoD at DMRC Headley Court as a prosthetist, so I’ve seen first hand and at length the support the injured lads receive, and the benefits that are felt, from charities such as WWTW.”
Dorset Orthopaedic has donated £500 to sponsor Moose’s team and support the charity.
“It is remarkably generous. I am delighted that Dorset Orthopaedic are, quite rightly, able to see the benefits WWTW offer to wounded service personnel. As a company, and as prosthetists, we clearly have an insight in to the lives of amputees, the challenges it can present and what can be achieved. It’s great that Dorset Orthopaedic have chosen to encourage my involvement with this event and to show support for injured service personnel in this way.”
With the vast challenge in front of him, Moose is determined to complete this “daunting feat” to climb 33km with an ascent of 2327m as fast as possible.
“I’m trying to get out walking on inclines as much as I can and trying to pick my running distances back up as well. I’ve become generally pretty fit over the last couple of years as a reservist, but I think this will certainly push me to my limit somewhat!”
Sponsor Moose and his team in this epic challenge and support our wounded here.
Read more about Moose’s previous work at Headley Court in this case study.
For more information about this event contact Moose on MooseB@dorset-ortho.com.
GOOD LUCK MOOSE!!!