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Leeds Beckett University leading ground-breaking expedition to Himalayas

Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie Great Outdoors is to lead an expedition of 13 serving wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans in the Himalayas. 

Expedition group photo

Working alongside the Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Centre, the team will take on a month-long trip through the mountain range which will culminate in the summit of Mera Peak on Sunday 11 November - Remembrance Day.

Many of those selected to take part in the expedition have received support from the Legion’s Battle Back Centre - a leading centre for the recovery and physical and mental wellbeing of both serving wounded, injured and sick veterans. The centre provides tailored programmes, designed and run by Carnegie Great Outdoors, which use sport and adventurous activities to help with both physical and psychological challenges.

Dave Bunting, Outdoor Development Manager for Carnegie Great Outdoors, is the Overall Expedition Leader. He said: “It’s a great honour to be leading this expedition on behalf of Leeds Beckett University. Having worked at the Battle Back Centre, I have seen first-hand the challenges facing some of the wounded, injured, sick and veteran military and how they can be overcome by working together and supporting each other.

“Leading some of these brave men and women to the summit of Mera Peak will be an amazing achievement for all involved. It will also be an extremely poignant moment with us aiming to reach the summit on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.”

Chris Joynson, Operations Manager at the Battle Back Centre, and expedition leader for the Royal British Legion, added: “We’re thrilled to be leading this expedition, which will no doubt be a huge learning experience for everyone involved as we work to overcome physical and mental challenges.”

Royal Marine Jack Agu is one of those taking part in the expedition. He said: “This year is the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day which is a big event for anyone in the military, or anyone in Britain, and we’re trying to reach the top of Mera Peak on 11 November which will be a fantastic achievement by everyone who does it.”

The Mission Himalaya team will depart for the Himalayas on Thursday 25 October. 

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