Charity founder rowing in support of injured veterans

Alan Rowe MBE rows with fellow supporter Ray Lowrie, a gold and silver medallist from the Invictus

Alan Rowe MBE rows with fellow supporter Ray Lowrie, a gold and silver medallist from the Invictus Games, at Honiton Leisure Centre. - Credit: Archant

The Baton founder Alan Rowe MBE is using a rowing machine at Honiton Leisure Centre for an hour each day as a tribute to the first all-amputee team currently rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic.

The founder of Honiton-based military charity The Baton is supporting four injured veterans making their way across the Atlantic - by exercising.

Alan Rowe MBE is using a rowing machine at Honiton Leisure Centre for an hour each day as a tribute to the first all-amputee team currently rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic.

Mr Rowe said: “It’s not every day you get a world record breaking challenge of an all-amputee crew crossing the Atlantic; there are only three legs between them, and it’s amazing to see them battle on.”

“It’s all about showing the guys we care, and are thinking about them. They’re incredible people and aren’t allowing their injuries to define them.”


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Sharing only three legs between them, the tri-service team led by serving Light Dragoon Lance Corporal Cayle Royce MBE, 29, from Dartmouth, with Royal Marine Colour Sergeant Lee Spencer, 46, from Yelverton, former Irish Guardsman Paddy Gallagher, 30, and former RAF Flight Sergeant parachute jump instructor Nigel Rogoff - is rowing for two hours on, two hours off, 24 hours a day.

With them, the men have taken the Baton, a symbol of remembrance for the Armed Forces made from the handle of a Medical Emergency Response Team stretcher that was used on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

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Recently, Mr Rowe came up with the #Row4Legless initiative, which involves people going to their local gym and rowing for an hour and posting a photo of themselves to the Baton Twitter or Facebook pages, in solidarity with the team.

As well as raising awareness of the challenge, which has so far raised around £15,000 for military rehabilitation charities, its main aim is a morale booster for the foursome.

Anyone who wants to take part can post their gym photos to The Baton Facebook page or the @TheBastionBaton’s Twitter page, using the hashtag #Row4Legless.

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