Simon Daglish is Walking With the Wounded
ITV’s Commercial Director, Simon Daglish, along with HRH Prince Henry of Wales and three teams of wounded servicemen and women, will be embarking on a perilous expedition to make a difference in the lives of those injured during service.
The three teams from the UK, the US and the Commonwealth will be racing across 3° to the Geographic South Pole – a 355km journey in which they will not only be dealing with their own injuries, but treacherous -35°C temperatures in which frostbite is a very real risk, and strong winds.
The Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 will not only raise money to re-train the wounded and sick ex-servicemen and women, it will also prove to them that they can achieve anything, despite adversity.
Captain Ivan Castro, a Team US member, enlisted in the US Army in 1988 and has been deployed all over the world until he sustained life-threatening injuries from mortar shells in Iraq.
Despite losing the sight in both eyes, Ivan is still serving on active duty at the Army Special Operations Command in North Carolina, has participated in more than 24 marathons, cycled across America, and in 2013, will be Walking With the Wounded to the South Pole.
Speaking to the ITV Commercial team, Ivan said “Perhaps we will be writing a new page in history. It goes to show that with the right training and resources – anything is possible.”
Co-Founder of Walking With The Wounded, ITV's own Simon Daglish (Dags) said: “It is now up to those who are no longer serving to help those less fortunate and have given so much under that sense of selfless duty.
“These wounded men and women will soon fade from the headlines, but their injuries will forever be with them as they try to re-build their lives. Walking With The Wounded is my little way of saying thank you and helping to raise funds so vitally needed to help these brave people back into some sort of “normality’”.
HRH Prince Henry of Wales is again showing his support for the cause as Expedition Patron, and part of Team UK, having been Royal Patron of the Walking With the Wounded North Pole expedition in 2011 and the assault on Mount Everest.
He told the media that the expedition "recognises the unquenchable spirit and drive of those young people. It aims to harness their determination and energy, whilst adjusting their mindset to face the numerous challenges that lie ahead. The adventures exemplify the tenacity and remarkable courage of those who serve in uniform”.
The teams will aim to reach the South Pole around the 17th December 2013. We wish Dags and all the inspiring participants the best of luck!
Watch the video below to learn more and visit the website to donate to this cause. Don't forget to join the conversation using the hashtag #SouthPole2013.
Please send your messages of support to Dags and the teams below!