Monday, 22 September 2014

Chelsea Pensioners get behind the Invictus Games

Captain of Invalids Lt Col Rupert Lucas’ blog on the Chelsea Pensioners’ unwavering support for injured service personnel during the first ever Invictus Games.   

Chelsea Pensioners: '#IAM behind Invictus London'

“The Invictus Games truly captured the nation’s hearts and all at the Royal Hospital Chelsea were thrilled to see the wonderful support given to the young, courageous veterans.

“Chelsea Pensioners were fully behind the games as soon as they were announced, including pensioner Alan Lee who lost his leg in World War II.  He met Invictus Games Team GB team hopeful Mike Goody who lost part of his leg in Afghanistan, to give him some advice before the tournament.  Their meeting, which included them comparing their prosthetic legs, was filmed for the BBC 2 documentary ‘Countdown to the Invictus Games’.

Chelsea Pensioner Alan Lee talking to Mike Goody

“Alan and fellow pensioners Ray, Jim, Joe, Jim and Marjorie joined members of the British Team at the Invictus Games on opening night.  Highlights of this wonderful ceremony included a brilliant speech by the driving force of the games HRH Prince Harry.

“A few days later a group of Chelsea Pensioners were also delighted to watch some exciting matches in the Wheelchair Rugby competition between the USA, Australia, Denmark, Great Britain and Italy. Great Britain eventually won the Gold Medal narrowly beating the USA in a gripping final.

Chelsea Pensioners in the Copperbox

“The Chelsea Pensioners were delighted to be able to offer their support and backing to all of the teams taking part.  The huge success of the first ever games was testament to the bravery and determination of the competitors, as well as the visionary leadership from HRH Prince Harry and his dedicated team.

“We look forward to supporting the next year’s games.”

The opening ceremony 

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