Injured veteran Rick to lay Remembrance wreath

Sgt Rick Clement at his home in Blackpool
Sgt Rick Clement at his home in Blackpool
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A war hero badly injured in Afghanistan is set to walk unaided to lay a wreath in Sunday’s Remembrance commemorations.

Sergeant Rick Clement, who lost both his legs in a bomb blast five years ago and was branded ‘lucky’ to even survive, has undergone months of gruelling rehab sessions in preparation for the feat in Blackpool.

Remembrance Sunday at Preston last year

Remembrance Sunday at Preston last year

Former Clitheroe Grammar pupil Rick, 35, has also set up his charity – A Soldier’s Journey – to raise funds for other injured servicemen and women.

Rick, who lives in South Shore, received treatment from a specialist amputee rehabilitation unit at Royal Preston Hospital.

Sgt Clement has pledged to ‘give everything in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice’ and has spoken of his pride at the major milestone, which will see him walk on his £100,000 prosthetic legs in public for the first time.

• For more coverage from Remembrance events, see Monday’s paper