Injured soldiers will gain control of the HMT Jackal16-08-2021
Supacat is globally renowned for designing and manufacturing tactical vehicles; Jackal 4×4, Coyote 6×6, and the HMT Extenda, which coverts from a 4×4 to a 6×6 in record time; all are part of the British Army’s principal fleet
Motorsport Endeavour is an incredibly unique charity which supports injured service personnel and veterans by hosting motorsports days out throughout the UK. Over 250 events have been conducted since 2008, these events have helped build back confidence, reinvigorate life-skills plus new life-long friendships have been formed.
Motorsport Endeavour was founded by Graham Raphael, who himself suffered paralysing injuries in 1977. He comments, “By definition service personnel have guts and they gain from many different aspects of these events, which help diffuse their problems. For someone who has lost his sight or a limb, giving them the controls of a vehicle makes them realise life isn’t over. The public may no longer see the coffins passing through Royal Wootton Bassett but the mental and physical challenges continue for them and their families. The carers are `The Forgotten Few` as they are often overlooked, hence we involve them in all our events”.
Nigel Platt, a former Royal Marine and Supacat driver who organised the event, said, “Our aim is to see everyone have fun and to lift spirits. It offers something unique, enjoyable and demonstrates to those that thought they may not be able to take back control, that they sure can, by taking control of the HMT Jackal; such a confidence booster!”
Graham Rapheal founder of Motorsport Endeavour, presented Toby Cox, Deput Head of Supacat with a plaque to celebrate Supacat’s generosity supporting injured soldiers, through Motorsport Endeavour. Toby Cox commented: “Supacat has hosted numerous Drive Days for Motorsport Endeavour as part of its commitment to supporting the armed forces community and we are delighted that Graham has acknowledged our commitment to Motorsport Endeavour and thank him for the plaque. This year Supacat was awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award for its support to the armed forces community.”
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