30 October 2017

Everest trek draws closer for RBLI war hero

A disabled war veteran who works in RBLI's social enterprise will leave the UK later this week to take on a challenge to climb to Mt Everest's Base Camp to raise funds in aid of the Kent-based charity.

Former Gurkha Anil Gurung, who works in Britain's Bravest Manufacturing Company, was posted to fight alongside the British Army in Afghanistan in 2009 where, just 20 days before the end of his tour, he stepped on an IED resulting in the loss of his right leg below the knee.

The 29-year-old, originally from Nepal, then found work in BBMC, which employs more than 120 people - many of whom are veterans and 60% of whom are disabled. He will return to his native country to take on the world’s highest mountain this week.

Anil, who now lives in Maidstone, attended a game at Maidstone United Football Club on 28th October to speak to the crowd about his challenge and encourage them to donate to RBLI.

Anil said his challenge which will see him trek for up to 10 days and reach the height of 18,000 feet will be a great test of his character.

He added: “It will be a challenge for me physically and mentally. I have been building my muscles back up after taking time out after the Invictus Games and have trekked across Kent and Snowdonia in Wales. But I need make sure I also am in the right state of mind.

“Royal British Legion Industries have been incredibly supportive of me since I first joined Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company and that hasn’t stopped with me taking on this challenge - they have been helping me every step of the way.”

“I owe a lot to RBLI, not only for helping me to stabilise my life after leaving the service, but also for encouraging me to take on these challenges and help me to prove to myself I can do them, so it’s very rewarding to know I’m giving something back.”

RBLI’s Chief Executive Steve Sherry OBE CMG, who served in the Army for 38 years, said: “Anil’s dedication to go above and beyond for RBLI is a testament to his great character.

“The money he raises will go directly to helping veterans and individuals with health conditions and disabilities receive the support they need to find sustained employment and get their lives back on track. We are immensely proud of Anil and wish him the very best of luck in his challenge.”

If you wish to learn more about Anil Gurung’s Everest challenge and donate to his cause visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/anilgurung.