Injured soldier summits Africa's highest mountain

Injured soldier summits Africa's highest mountain

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Justin Burns

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Injured soldier summits Africa's highest mountain
Mark Clyde reaches the summit of Africa's highest mountain

A courageous Windsor soldier severely injured in Afghanistan has beaten the pain barrier to climb to the top of Africa's highest mountain.

Former Coldstream Guard Mark Clyde summited 19,341ft Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which he took on from March 1-12 to raise cash for Help for Heroes.

The father-of-two has so far raised £14,500 for the injured servicemen charity from doing the gruelling climb and from an auction last month.

Determined Mark reached the top of Africa overcoming various bodily pains, including  swelling in his arms.

His right arm has a titanium staple and Mark has undergone 11 operations after being  blown up twice by Taliban insurgents.

The 31-year-old was seriously injured rescuing a stricken fellow comrade in Afghanistan in November 2009.

The thrilled Wolf Lane resident spoke of the satisfaction of reaching the summit.

"I got really bad pins and needles in the arms, but I made it, which was great as four of the 21 did not," he said.

Temperatures reached as low as -20 at the top for the Band of Brothers team, who were all raising cash for Help for Heroes.

Mark added: "At times I found it easy after 14 years in the army but other times it was very testing with my arm issues, the altitude and I felt quite sick."

The former section commander of a reconnaissance platoon in the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards is to carry on raising cash for British forces charities.

Mark has taken a full-time job making money for charities such as BLESMA, the Royal British Legion and Combat Stress.

"It will be great to do and I am going to continue my own fundraising too and plan on doing Everest Base Camp and Route 66 in the US and hold some auctions."

Mark has been honoured for rescuing a stricken comrade and helping other injured soldiers by being selected to carry the Olympic torch.

He has been selected as one of the 8,000 people to carry the flame across the UK to the stadium and will do a leg in Newbury on July 11.

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