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Injured soldiers to attempt 41-mile swim around Jersey

Organisers of the charity swim around Jersey
Image caption Organisers said the swimmers will attempt to swim 41 miles around Jersey in a relay

A team of soldiers who lost limbs on active service have revealed plans to swim around Jersey in July.

The Battle Back team will join the British Army Open Water Swim Squad to go up against the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club in an attempt to swim around the island in a relay.

They are raising money for the Holidays for Heroes Jersey charity.

Sgt Mike James from the Headley Court Medical Rehabilitation Centre said the challenge would be extremely tough.

He said: "There are physical things we need to think about access on and off the boards, temperature with stumps but also the psychological stuff of dealing with quite extreme conditions and activities with their new adapted disability is a big factor."

Charlie Gravet, from the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club who helping to organise the swim, said he was impressed by the wounded soldiers who will take part in the gruelling swimming event.

The challenge follows the English Channel Relay in 2009 where the Battle Back team, from the Headley Court Medical Rehabilitation Centre, were awarded the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club's "against all odds" trophy.

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