Double amputee and inspirational wounded serviceman Duncan Slater, from Scole, has made it to the coldest place on earth - the South Pole.
Mr Slater was part of the gruelling Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge which covered 200km over four weeks skiing across the most unforgiving landscape on the planet to arrive at the Pole last Friday. He goes into the history books as the first ever double amputee to get there.
At home in Scole, his wife, Kim, and daughter Lilly, who is four in January, received a call from him at 6pm last Friday to say he had made it. Mrs Slater said: “Duncan is as cool as a cucumber about everything, but he was really chuffed to bits. I am so incredibly proud of him.”
Royal patron of the Norfolk-based Walking with the Wounded charity, Prince Harry, paid tribute to all the wounded servicemen and women taking part, with a statement at the Pole mentioning Mr Slater: “Every single one of these 12 deserves it. I mean they have dug out blind to get here. Duncan you know, it’s just remarkable the fact that someone with no legs has made it here, and to have done it in record breaking time no doubt.” The Prince declared: “Mission success!”
Mr Slater lost both legs below the knee after being involved in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2009 where he was serving as a Sergeant in the RAF Regiment.
Mrs Slater said her husband’s prosthetic legs had been really good during the expedition and he had not had any problems with his injuries. Both she and Lilly are now looking forward to welcoming him home when he arrives back at Heathrow with the rest of the UK team on Monday.
“We’re really looking forward to him coming back,” she said.
One of Mr Slater’s goals in taking part in the expedition was to show that no matter how bad things get, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
The expedition has been filmed for a television documentary which will be shown next March or April.