An ex-soldier who is preparing to row across the Atlantic after losing his leg in Afghanistan five years ago will be one of the star guests at this year’s Royal County of Berkshire Show.
Jordan Beecher will be encouraging show visitors to test their skills on a rowing machine on September 16.
In 2012 Jordan was with the Parachute Regiment on his third tour of Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED, which claimed his lower left leg.
He received fast medical treatment which saved his life, and since the accident has gone on to represent Great Britain in the Invictus Games and the Paralympics.
During his time in Afghanistan Jordan befriended Jon Armstrong, and it is this friendship that has led to the duo taking on the challenge to row across the Atlantic Ocean.
They will live on board a seven metre boat for between 40 and 90 days, battling up to 50 knot winds, 40 degree heat and waves the size of houses, as well as the enormous physical and mental challenge.
Jordan said: “Since embarking on this endeavour over a year ago the work involved in preparing for the race has been a challenging experience. We’ve had to raise tens of thousands of pounds in sponsorship in order to even get to the start line and both Jon and I are looking forward to pushing off in December and actually getting some rowing done.
“I really hope the publicity produced by this endeavour will help promote the excellent work the charities we are supporting do – for injured soldiers, Gurka soldiers, and disabled and terminally ill children.
“I also hope the challenge will inspire other people to get outdoors and attempt things that they would normally believe to be beyond their capabilities.”
The pair set off on December 12 and hope to raise around £170,000, for the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association, the Royal Gurka Rifles Operational Welfare Fund, and Dreamflight.
There will be a chance for visitors to speak to Jordan about his challenge during the show.
For details and tickets for the show, go to berkshireshow.co.uk.