Honiton charity forges new links with injured servicemen

Alan Rowe (centre) and his team will provide a baton to be taken on next year's Dakar Rally.

Alan Rowe (centre) and his team will provide a baton to be taken on next year's Dakar Rally. - Credit: Archant

The Baton has teamed up with Race2Recovery, which supports injured military personnel.

A Honiton based charity has been given unwavering support by injured British servicemen who completed the world famous and gruelling Dakar Rally - 7,000km through Argentina and Chile.

The Baton registered charity, based off Honiton High Street, has formed a link with Race2Recovery, a professional race team that provides opportunities for combat injured military personnel and veterans to participate in high level motorsport.

The R2R Dakar team will be taking one of the well travelled batons with them throughout their 2014 race, as a sign of support for the Baton charity and its cause.

Alan Rowe MBE, who founded the Baton, recently visited Castle Combe Racetrack with a Baton team to officially link with Race2Recovery and meet a few members from the charity.

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“They were inspirational,” Alan said. “Despite everything they’ve been through, they have a great sense of humour and are humbling role models for the rest of us in society; we should be extremely proud of them.”

On the day, Alan and the baton team were treated to a few laps in the Bowler Wildcat Land Rover vehicle, which the team uses in various rallies including the Dakar.

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Since the Baton charity was founded in September 2009, the four batons have travelled across the world, carried by people who wish to spread the charity’s message of conscience, and to raise awareness of issues facing service personnel and their families.

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