I’m Chris Read, a former LCpl in the Royal Engineers. Deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falklands (not too far from where Ben currently is, but with considerably better visibility). I was medically discharged from service and have since had my pelvis rebuilt along with other stuff. I now work for Mission Motorsport, an amazing Charity which is supported by The Endeavour Fund, part of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Endeavour Fund specifically supports wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women through funding sport and adventurous challenge, while at the same time promoting recovery, rehabilitation, and re-skilling. Mission Motorsport provides opportunities and vocational training within the motorsport industry.
The first time we met Ben was when we were invited to the launch of his current Trans-Antarctic Solo Expedition at the Royal Geographic Society in London in September 2017.
I found it to be an incredible place with an overwhelming history contained within its walls; something which Ben is firmly part of, and we all felt very privileged to attend.
Our involvement in the project was to create sponsor logos for his Land Rover vehicles and also to produce the sponsor logos displayed on the pulk which he is currently dragging across Antarctica.
I find what Ben is doing incredible and extremely inspirational for a few reasons:
He’s doing it alone.
He’s doing it for a charity which supports injured veterans such as myself, my team and many friends and colleagues. Not to mention that he is doing this in memory of his close friend; Henry Worsley, himself a former soldier.
Any of these things in isolation is impressive but when they are all put together, the mental robustness and courage to undertake such a challenge leaves me in awe.
Best of luck Ben, sincerely… from all of us at Mission Motorsport. We’re keeping track of you and are looking forward to seeing you again on your return. Stay safe and warm!! 😊
Ben is undertaking this expedition to support The Endeavour Fund, a charity which works to support wounded and vulnerable servicemen and women. If you feel inspired to donate, Ben would love your help and his Virgin money giving page can be found here.