In 2010 my vehicle was struck by an IED in Kandahar resulting in the death of the driver, Luke Southgate. I sustained significant injuries and was informed of Luke’s death just a couple of days after being revived from a coma. At that time, I was suffering mentally and physically, I was in a lot of pain and undergoing multiple life and limb saving operations and as a result I missed Luke’s repatriation to the UK and funeral. It took many years for Luke’s death to sink in and for me to reconcile the fact that he was gone, to me Luke was still in the desert. It was this realisation that led me to conceive an event that would “Bring Luke home”.
With the help of some like-minded individuals, driven purely by arms, legs and dogged determination we will travel the distance from Kandahar Airfield to RAF Honington, where Luke and I were based, in just 24 hours. The 7 million metre distance will be achieved using ski, bike and row erg machines at Origin gym in Liverpool. This will be a charity event with money raised going to military charities. These charities have had a huge impact on my recovery and the lives of myself and my family. They continue to offer immeasurable benefits to the lives of service people that are willing to put their health on the line for their country and are as important today as they ever were.