JUST one Click for Rick could make all the difference.
Sgt Rick Clements, who lives in South Shore, is asking people to take one simple action – under the campaign name Click For Rick – to help his personal crusade to help raise £100,000 to help other soldiers.
The 32-year-old, who served in the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, is determined to reach his target to put something back for the support and help he has received.
Nearly two years ago, Sgt Clements’ whole world was turned upside down when he suffered horrific injuries in a bomb blast while on a tour in Afghanistan.
He lost both his legs and was left fighting for his life after stepping on a concealed landmine while leading a foot patrol in Helmand Province.
He spent months in hospital and underwent rehab before he could return home.
The local hero made a remarkable recovery and married his fiancée Leanne Isaacs in an emotional ceremony in June last year.
Now Sgt Clements is throwing his energy into helping others in a similar situation by running his A Soldier’s Journey appeal, which will help various charities, including BLESMA (British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association), SSAFA (the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), Help for Heroes and the Army Benevolent Fund.
He said: “It did take me probably about a year to adapt to how different everything is now.
“It was like being a baby, I had to learn how to do things differently and how to adapt to things.
“Of course, I was in hospital for six or seven months, but once I got home, it was a case of learning everything again.
“We were lucky. A bungalow came up in Blackpool, which had already been adapted because the person living there previously also used a wheelchair, so we were able to move in.
“I’d be the first to admit I didn’t really know much about facilities and so on needed by disabled people, it wasn’t something I’d really thought about, but obviously now it is something I am very aware of.
“We do have to be organised now and plan things when we’re going out and find out about facilities and so on.
“Focusing on the fundraising has definitely helped me by giving me something to do.
“I was in the military for 16 years, so I am really not one for sitting around doing nothing.”
There are several easy ways to help Sgt Clements’ appeal by a simple few clicks of a mouse.
People can visit his website and donate, they can download a single by Shakey’s Brother, from Burnley, from which all profits will go to the charity appeal, and people can click to get in touch with Rick to offer help organising an event or donating items to be raffled or auctioned.
Sgt Clements added he was delighted with the response from local people to his campaign so far.
People have already held fund-raising nights, given donations and offered to help out.
He said: “It’s amazing really, and I would really like to thank people for their generosity and for thinking of me and the campaign.
“When I first set the target of £100,000, I felt it was ambitious, but I wanted to aim high.
“I think we’ve got every chance of meeting it as people have been so generous.”
He is currently planning a big fund-raising party night at Blackpool FC for June 22, the same day he carries the Olympic torch through Blackpool.
To Click for Rick, log on to www. a-soldiers-journey.co.uk