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Cowabunga: Triple amputee Pte Dave Watson and Paralympic hopeful Mark Harding with the Turtles before his stunt

Cowabunga: Triple amputee Pte Dave Watson and Paralympic hopeful Mark Harding with the Turtles before his stunt

Triple amputee Dave Watson has always been a bit of a daredevil and his latest challenge was no exception.

The 27-year-old from Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, took part in a daunting charity abseil off a roller coaster.

The thrill seeker climbed to the top of The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach before abseiling down it to raise cash for ABF the Soldiers’ Charity.

War hero Dave lost both legs and his right arm in a bomb blast in Afghanistan.

The Guardsman was moments from death when he stepped on an improvised explosive device on foot patrol, but this week he abseiled 235ft off The Big One.

Dave, of Wordsworth Place, Walton-le-Dale, had to climb 420 steps wearing his prosthetic legs to get to the top and then make the nerve-wracking journey back down the rope.

He described the experience as: “brilliant”.

He said he wanted to take part in the charity challenge as a way to say “thanks to this fantastic charity.”

He added: “The work they do for soldiers like myself and many others is inspirational and without them, I’d not be where I am today.”

Earlier this year Dave was officially discharged from the army.

He is continuing to do charity work for ABF the Soldiers’ Charity, and is training for the Paralympics.

Dave was one of about 40 others to complete the abseil. Among those taking part was 89-year-old Second World War Veteran, Harold Addy from Manchester.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the Army’s national charity since 1944 – supports thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families each year.

The charity makes financial grants to individuals in times of need and specialist charities supporting the wider Army family.

The need for support continues to grow. Visit www.soldierscharity.org. So far Dave has raised almost £800 for the charity. To sponsor him visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Dave-Watson7/

 

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