Edward Parker and Simon Daglish will carry the Paralympic Torch through Whitehall along with Simon’s son Felix who suffers from cerebral palsy, Edward’s nephew Harry Parker, who lost his legs due to an IED blast in Afghanistan and David Wiseman, who was shot through the chest by the Taliban. The quintet will carry the Torch on behalf of Walking With The Wounded having been nominated by Clarence House.
There are a large number of wounded service personnel competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Games and Walking With The Wounded helps to fund programmes which re-train and re-skill wounded servicemen and women following their injuries. As such, it was seen as fitting that they should play a major role in then Torch relay.
“It’s an honour to have been nominated by Clarence House to carry the Paralympic Flame on behalf of Walking With The Wounded. I’m thoroughly delighted to be doing so with my nephew, Captain Harry Parker, who was injured by an IED in Afghanistan and displays exactly the sort of ‘can do’ attitude which our charity promotes amongst the wounded community. The eyes of the world are on the Paralympics and with the number of wounded service personnel who are competing it is something we as a charity are extremely pleased to be involved with”
– Edward Parker, Co-Founder of Walking WIth The Wounded
Karl Hinett, Martin Hewitt and Jaco van Gass were all team members of the Mt Everest Expedition, as featured in the ITV1 documentary Harry’s mountain Heroes (ITV1, 9pm Monday 27th August 2012) and all carried the Olympic Torch prior to the Olympic Games. David Wiseman was their team mate on the Everest expedition and will carry the Paralympic Torch on Wednesday 29th August.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved with something like this. There are a large number of wounded service personnel competing and the Paralympics are an exceptional example of what wounded servicemen and women can achieve post-injury. The Olympics and Paralympics are the pinnacle of sport and it is the perfect showcase for these inspirational competitors”
– Capt David Wiseman, Walking WIth The Wounded Everest 2012 Team Member