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Team Battle Back congratulated by Leeds Met Dean on Cotopaxi Expedition

July 25, 2014 3:12 PM

The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre Expedition team, which includes Greg Mulholland MP, were joined by the Dean of Leeds Metropolitan University Dean, Professor Andrew Slade, for a celebration of their successful expedition.

Greg was part of the cross party trio of MPs that joined a group of serving soldiers and veterans led by Dave Bunting, who previously led the British Army Everest West Ridge Expedition in 2006, that conquered Cotopaxi, a 19,347ft/5,897m active volcano in Ecuador to raise money and awareness of the Royal British Legion's Battle Back Centre.

The expedition was organised and led by Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) faculty of Leeds Metropolitan University, a leading provider of outdoor education, adventure activities and leadership development.

Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) also provides world class coaching expertise at The Royal British Legion's Battle Back Centre. Activities at the Centre, including indoor climbing, water sports, archery, wheelchair basketball and clay shooting, help overcome physical and psychological challenges, promote self-confidence and improve motivation to aid recovery.

Greg Mulholland MP, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, joined Luke Bartle, Lyndon Chatting-Walters, a former soldier who has completed a rehabilitation course at the Battle Back Centre and who now works for Carnegie Great Outdoor, and Dave Bunting, Head Coach at the Battle Back Centre, at Leeds Metropolitan University to receive congratulation from University Dean, Professor Andrew Slade and present him with a summit photo.

To back the expedition team and help find the vial work of the Royal British Legion's Battle Back Centre, please visit the teams JustGiving site http://www.justgiving.com/TRBLEcuador2014, text TRBL93 + the amount to 70070, or cheques payable to The Royal British Legion can be sent to Greg's office - Greg Mulholland MP, Wainwright House, 12 Holt Park Centre, Holt Road, Leeds, LS16 7SR.

Commenting, Greg said:

"This was the first expedition from the Battle Back Centre and it is great that it has proved a successful one both in terms of getting some team members on the summit of Cotopaxi but also and even more importantly, raising awareness of the important work of the Centre.

"It was fantastic to receive congratulation from the Dean of Leeds Metropolitan University, Professor Andrew Slade and to present him with a framed photo of the team at the summit of Cotopaxi. The expedition was superbly organised and led by the University's Carnegie Great Outdoors faculty and their experience was crucial in making it a success. Their groundbreaking partnership with the Royal British Legion is making a real difference and The All Party Parliamentary Mountaineering Group have been delighted to also be part of in this successful expedition.

"This expedition is a remarkable achievement for the serving soldiers and veterans, Lyndon, Luke and Paul, who have all been through the Battle Back Centre and know first hand how valuable it is and it has been very enlightening but also humbling being in the team with them. The Battle Back Centre needs ongoing support to enable to to assist all the servicemen and women who would benefit from it.

"So thank you to everyone who had already donated and helped push us through this gruelling challenge! There's still time to donate, by visiting our JustGiving sitehttp://www.justgiving.com/TRBLEcuador2014, texting TRBL93 + the amount to 70070, or cheques payable to The Royal British Legion can be sent to my office- Greg Mulholland MP, Wainwright House, 12 Holt Park Centre, Holt Road, Leeds, LS16 7SR."

Leeds Metropolitan University Dean, Professor Andrew Slade, said,

"It was a great pleasure to celebrate the completion of the successful expedition to Ecuador. Greg and the rest of the team are to be congratulated on achieving a significant feat and we are, even now, preparing for the next adventure. Well done."