An armed forces veteran leg amputee joining a team of injured disabled military veterans to take on a challenge near the world's highest mountain.

Craig Howorth, who works at Holcombe Moor Training Camp, will be travelling to Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas before acclimatising and going on to reach Camp 1, making their way across the dangerous Khumbu Icefall. 

He will start the trip in April, joining the Pilgrim Bandits team to support mountain climber and double amputee veteran, Hari Budha Magar, in his world record attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 

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Craig, who works for Landmarc, is passionate about raising awareness and funds for armed forces charity Pilgrim Bandits after using its services first hand. 

He said: “The charity has been a big part of my life after suffering a traumatic injury and having my right leg amputated.  

“Pilgrim Bandits has really helped me through some difficult times, both physically and mentally."

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The charity supports servicemen and women who have been injured or wounded with the sole aim to help strengthen their spirit and inspire them to live life to the full.  

It raises funds for expeditions as well as grants which provide injured military and emergency services personnel with specialist equipment and wheelchairs. 

Craig said: “There are so many amazing ex-service personnel making up the Pilgrim Bandits Everest team, including ex-soldier and blue light veteran, John Chart, who has lost the use of both of his arms and been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

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 “Each of us has gone through our own hardships to lead us to this challenge, but we’d love to raise more awareness around the work that Pilgrim Bandits does, around motor neurone disease and around showing people that we won't be held back by whatever we’ve been through.” 

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The team will be made up of disabled military veterans, who want to prove that disability doesn’t limit anybody’s ambition to achieve the impossible, all while raising money for a charity close to their hearts. 

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Landmarc is the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s industry partner for managing the Ministry of Defence at Holcombe Moor Training Camp.

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As an organisation that works closely with the armed forces and veterans, the firm is supporting Craig and has donated towards the expedition. 

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