Harry meets hurt service personnel
1:25am Saturday 15th February 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Prince Harry will meet injured servicemen and women today who have benefited from a charity set up to help them rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit.
The Prince is patron of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and will visit its track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit, West Sussex, to speak to soldiers supported by the the Endeavour Fund.
He will meet injured men and women, including Endeavour Fund grantees, and join them to drive classic cars at the track, as well as viewing an exhibition of Fund projects
The Fund, which was created by the Prince and the Foundation in 2011, plays an important role in ensuring that more wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.
It does this by offering funding for new events and helping new projects with advice, hands-on support and mentoring, a spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said.
So far, The Endeavour Fund has supported more than 300 men and women via projects including the Walking With The Wounded trek to the South Pole, Race2Recovery, Walk On Wales, Flying For Freedom and a Fastnet Race team.
Prince Harry will also meet Battle of Britain RAF pilots, Spitfire pilot instructors and view a Spitfire in the hangar at Boultbee Flight Academy at Goodwood to launch a scholarship for wounded ex-servicemen and women.
With the mentoring support of The Endeavour Fund, the Academy is working with Aerobility and Flying For Freedom, a non-profit organisation partnered with Help for Heroes whose mission is to create virtual flying schools across the UK staffed and run by the wounded, injured and sick.
Aerobility is a registered charity offering disabled people the opportunity to fly an aeroplane.
Its specially adapted aircraft fly from airfields across the UK and support more than 400 disabled and wounded soldiers, and sensory impaired people every year, the palace spokeswoman said.
The Boultbee Flight Academy is the only accredited Spitfire training school in the world, offering flight training on Harvards, Chipmunks, Tiger Moths and two Spitfire TR9s.
Instruction is provided by military, ex-military and civilian pilots, including three officers who previously commanded the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Eurofighter Typhoon test pilot and Rolls Royce's chief test pilot.
Harry spent the morning racing classic cars alongside injured servicemen who have benefited from a charity set up to help them rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit.
The Prince smiled as he sped around Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex in a 1964 two-series blue Aston Martin DB4, a black Lambo rghini, a silver Aston Martin and a red Jaguar, a prototype F-type Coupe R.
Harry, who is patron of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, spoke to soldiers supported by The Endeavour Fund, a charity created by the Prince and the Foundation in 2011, which plays an important role in ensuring that more wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover themselves through physical challenges.
So far, The Endeavour Fund has supported more than 300 men and women through projects including the Walking With The Wounded trek to the South Pole, Race2Recovery, Walk On Wales, Flying For Freedom and a Fastnet Race team.
Captain Mark Jenkins was part of a team of four who took part in Row2Recovery, sailing from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
The 34-year-old, who is part of the Royal Army Medical Corp, was joined by amputees, soldiers Cayle Royce and Scott Blaney, and fellow serviceman James Kayll.
He said the project would not have been possible without a £30,000 grant from The Endeavour Fund.
Capt Jenkins said they received the funds after going through a "Dragons' Den-style" presentation.
He said: "It's the best thing you have ever done, the hardest thing you have ever done, the worst thing you have ever done, all in one experience. It's hard to mentally and physically motivate yourself to keep going."
Capt Jenkins said the scariest moments were when their boat capsized and getting a bit too close to a few ocean liners for comfort.
He said the team were hoping to raise £100,000.
David Wiseman, who was a captain in the Yorkshire Regiment, joined The Endeavour Fund last year after taking part in challenges for Walking With The Wounded.
The 31-year-old, who was shot in the chest in Afghanistan, climbed Manaslu, in Nepal, the eighth highest mountain in the world, in 2011, and attempted Everest in 2012.
He said he joined the fund because he knew the power challenges like this could harness in people who have been injured.
RAF Corporal Alan Robinson, 35, who is involved with Flying For Freedom, spoke to the Prince about how the fund has helped to train servicemen to become microlight pilots.
His aim is to fly a microlight to the Antarctic, he said.