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Team Battle Back present £8,500 cheque to Royal British Legion after Cotopaxi Expedition

January 6, 2015 1:43 PM

The Cotopaxi Battle Back Centre Expedition team, which includes Greg Mulholland MP, presented The Royal British Legion with a cheque for £8,500 which has been raised to support the fantastic work of the Legion's Battle Back Centre, an adaptive sport and adventurous training facility for wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces personnel.

The expedition was made up 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. Greg conquered Cotopaxi, a 19,347ft/5,897m active volcano in Ecuador to raise money and awareness of the Legion's Battle Back Centre.

The expedition was organised and led by the Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) faculty of Leeds Beckett University, a leading provider of outdoor education, adventure activities and leadership development. Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) also provides world class coaching expertise at the Legion's Battle Back Centre where participants undertake sports such as climbing, caving, wheelchair basketball, clay shooting and archery to help overcome physical and psychological challenges, promote self-confidence and improve motivation to aid recovery.

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 and vital funds to support the important work of the Centre.

"It was fantastic to present The Royal British Legion with a cheque for £8,500, which will help support their work which includes running activities including indoor climbing, water sports, and wheelchair basketball, which I got to try out for myself, to aid the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.

"This expedition is a remarkable achievement for the serving soldiers and veterans, 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 it to assist all the Servicemen and women who could benefit from it.

"Thank you to everyone who donated and helped push us through this gruelling challenge!"

Dave Bunting, said:

"Expeditions offer a superb opportunity for our Wounded, Injured and Sick Service Personnel to experience something unique involving attention to detail, excellent teamwork and overcoming adversity together. Cotopaxi was the first, hopefully of many opportunities that we can create for soldiers passing through the Battle Back Centre. It was an excellent example of a diverse team working superbly together to overcome a difficult objective and in doing so developing the team members and heightening the awareness of the important work carried out by The Royal British Legion".

Chris Joynson, Operations Manager at The Battle Back Centre, said:

"We are extremely grateful to the team for undertaking this ambitious fundraising challenge which has raised an impressive £8,500 for the Centre. The donation will help us to continue delivering world-class recovery services to help the wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces community live on."

The Cotopaxi Battle Back Centre Expedition has been made possible with help from the UK Parliamentary Mountaineering Group, MoD, Carnegie Great Outdoors, Coventry Building Society, Polypipe, Youth Hotel Association, Berghaus and Jagged Globe.