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Robert records trek to South Pole with prince

Robert Leveritt on arrival at the South Pole as part of the Walking With The Wounded trek.

Robert Leveritt on arrival at the South Pole as part of the Walking With The Wounded trek.

A sound recordist who joined an expedition of wounded soldiers to reach the South Pole returned home safely in time to join his family at Christmas.

Robert Leveritt, a photographer and sound recordist from Clipston, worked with the Walking With The Wounded charity to record the expedition which began on December 1.

Having worked with the same charity for a trip to the North Pole in 2011, Mr Leveritt was contacted to join Two Four Television to record the challenge.

On his previous trip to the North Pole Mr Leveritt walked with the injured servicemen, but due to this expedition’s huge scale he was instead in a vehicle which progressed alongside the teams made up of injured service personnel from Australia, Canada, the UK and the United States.

Prince Harry and actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West also took part in the trip, which reached the South Pole on December 15.

Mr Leveritt said: “ It is a real privilege to be part of something like this and to be working alongside soldiers who have done some incredible things and overcome challenges.

“To see them walking these tremendous distances is humbling.”

After reaching the destination it took the 43-year-old until December 23 to get home.

During his time in the Antarctic Mr Leveritt interviewed the injured service personnel and chatted with them afterwards.

He said: “From a personal perspective, I didn’t know about the number of wounded soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and I think the charity makes people understand there are people coming back who are wounded and that their lives are changed forever.

“When the troops are leaving Afghanistan this year the news will subside about the whole conflict but there will still be people who are wounded who have got to find a way of making a living. The charity looks at how we can include them and what jobs can we get them into.

“There might be someone who has lost two legs or be blind but can still do a lot more than a lot of other people can do.

“Walking With The Wounded challenges perceptions of wounded personnel.”

The TV programme will air in the spring. To find out more visit www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk.

 

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