A former soldier who suffered multiple-injuries from being blown up in Afghanistan in 2010 is appealing for help to sustain his winter sports training.
Corie Mapp, who was featured in the June Link magazine after competing in the Invictus Games for injured military personal, travelled to Canada in mid-September for intensive training in advance of the para-bobsleigh season of races in North America and Europe.
Corie joined the Household Cavalry in 2005 and took part in the Tropping of the Colour. But his military career ended when the light reconnaissance vehicle he was in was hit by an IED. He took the full blast and lost both legs below the knee.
After a long period of recovery, the 37 year old from Redhouse, vigorously pursued a range of sports, and has been the second in the world para-bobsleigh ranking over the last two seasons.
His aim is to secure top spot, but the cost of achieving that goal depends on being able to raise more than £7,000 to cover travel, training, accommodation and living expenses.
“I’m so grateful to those who saved my life and help me recover, all well as support organisations like Help for Heroes, the British Legion and BLESMA” said Corie. “Sport has been my outlet in the new reality I live in and I’m always thankful for the support and encouragement I receive.”
Staff at Lloyds Bank have started a fund to assist Corie and are calling for others to help him become world number one. If you can assist, visit the Brunel Centre branch of Lloyds and ask to speak to manager Ben Jones.
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