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Sean Donlan | SUPPORT

A former Lance Corporal with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Sean, 27, suffered life-changing injuries after a grenade attack in Afghanistan.

He underwent a number of operations in 2011 after shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade left him almost paralysed down one side, deaf in one ear and unable to talk. After a procedure to remove part of his skull and intensive speech and physiotherapy Sean took on the 260-mile Hero Ride cycle challenge alongside fellow wounded military earlier this year. He says: “The support of the military, the support activities team at Help for Heroes Recovery Centres and Vista Home Care in Cleckheaton, that taught me how to speak again, all helped me get to the stage I’m at now.

I am determined to make the most of every opportunity presented to me. Sean can hardly believe his transformation as he gets ready to take on this monster challenge: “Before injury, when I was fit, I would never have dreamed of being capable of doing these endurance events, so to be competing in them now, after all I have been through, is unbelievable.”