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Triple amputee Cpl Tom Neathway home from Dakar rally

  • 24 January 2013
  • From the section England
Dakar rally team
The rally team was mainly made up of British servicemen along with two US Marines

A Worcestershire paratrooper who lost both legs and an arm in an explosion in Afghanistan has returned to the UK after competing in the Dakar rally.

Cpl Tom Neathway, based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, was injured when a booby trap bomb detonated in 2008.

He took part in the race in South America, with the Race2Recovery team, which included other wounded soldiers.

Cpl Neathway and driver Justin Birchall were forced to pull out around half way through due to mechanic issues.

A spokesman from the Race2Recovery team said Cpl Neathway and the team was landing at Heathrow airport, after which he was due to go home to Worcestershire.

'Six figure sum'

Cpl Tom Neathway and driver
Driver Justin Birchall from Lancashire and Cpl Neathway had to finish the rally early

The 6,000-mile route through Argentina started on 5 January and finished in Santiago, Chile, on 19 January.

The Race2Recovery team, made up of 28 people, has been raising money for Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre in Wiltshire.

A spokesperson said fundraising was still ongoing but a "six figure sum" had been reached.

Cpl Neathway, of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, had said he hoped the rally would generate "millions" for Tedworth House. He said almost £1m had been raised by Christmas.

He described training for the rally as a "full time job" and had spent two weeks training in Morocco.

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