First amputee-led team in Dakar Rally talk

Chris Ratter servicing during Dakar 2013
Chris Ratter servicing during Dakar 2013

The Birgham parents of Dakar Rally mechanic Chris Ratter are holding fundraisers for Help for Heroes in the village tomorrow and on Saturday.

Chris, a Jim Clark Rally prizewinner, and amputee serviceman, Captain Tony Harris, who co-founded the Race2Recovery (R2R) team which competed in the famous 6,000-mile race in January to raise funds for the services’ charity, are in the Berwickshire village to talk about and show a documentary of their exploits tomorrow night.

And the event in the village hall, organised by Chris’s parents, Wendy and Tom Ratter, is a sell-out.

But those interested have the chance to meet Chris and Tony and see the film and a photographic display for a donation at the Fisherman’s Arms in the village from noon to 4pm on Saturday when the vehicle the team completed the race in, the Land Rover Qt Wildcat, will be on display.

R2R’s team of four Wildcats tackled the two-week challenge across South America to raise money and become the first amputee-led team to complete the race, in which 40 per cent of competitors do not finish. And one of them crossed the line.

Tony, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, served in Northern Ireland for two years and completed three tours of Iraq before he was hit by a roadside IED in Afghanistan in 2009.

The blast shattered both his heels and fractured his left arm badly. His leg was removed 10 months later due to infection and pain.

For more information about the team and race visit www.race2recovery.com