End of the road for Fylde’s gallant hero

Sgt Rick Clement with fellow troops as the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
Sgt Rick Clement with fellow troops as the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
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A severely injured soldier who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan is retiring from the army.

Sgt Rick Clement, of the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment, suffered terrible wounds in 2010 when he stepped on a landmine.

Despite suffering the injuries, which left him in a wheelchair and also damaged an arm, the 33-year-old will still attend events with his regiment and carried the Olympic torch through the Fylde in June last year.

He will now focus on developing the work of his own charity, A Soldier’s Journey.

He said: “It was something that was inevitable since I was injured and I’ve had time to get my head around it.

“I travelled the world and experienced things people will never get to experience.

“Some things were bad, but there was far more good than bad.

“I’ve gone on to do my charity work and I’m really enjoying that, so this retirement is just a natural progression.

Since recovering from his injuries and beginning his charitable work, Sgt Clement has gone on to be recognised as a community hero.

In April, Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, presented him with a Local Hero Community Award.

Sgt Clement added: “My charity work will now take up most of my time.

“I will still be involved with military events and the work my regiment is doing, so there’s still that side of it.

“I want to raise as much money as possible to help injured soldiers troops and educate people about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and things like that.”

A Soldier’s Journey has so far raised £36,480 for the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association, ABF The Soldiers Charity and Help for Heroes.

For information about A Soldier’s Journey, visit http://a-soldiers-journey.co.uk