The Afghan veteran served in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (Picture: Stuart Croxford via JustGiving).
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Veteran amputee to embark on 2,000km charity cycle challenge

Stuart Croxford will cycle up to 20 hours per day while navigating the UK.

The Afghan veteran served in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (Picture: Stuart Croxford via JustGiving).

A veteran amputee is to embark on a 2,000km cycle (1,242 miles) for charity.

Stuart Croxford, from Cornwall – who was injured following a blast in 2014 – will begin his challenge on 7 May.

He will ride for up to 20 hours per day to complete the route from Land's End to John O' Groats, including 30,700 metres of climbing.

"Riding for this distance and duration with little rest would push an able-bodied rider to their extreme both physically and mentally," Mr Croxford said.

"As an amputee, this will add extra stress and factors I will need to think about and overcome daily.

"I've never put this amount of stress through my residual limb and prosthetic so will be riding into the unknown."

His fundraising effort will see him cycle through 21 counties around Britain (Picture: Stuart Croxford via JustGiving).

The Army veteran hopes to raise £50,000 and awareness for the charity Blesma, which is celebrating 90 years of supporting limbless and injured servicemen and women this year.

After joining the British Army in 2007, Mr Croxford served with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment for six years, where he was deployed on three operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2012, he suffered severe injuries to his feet when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan. A subsequent accident in 2014 resulted in his right leg being amputated below the knee.

Despite his life-changing operation, Mr Croxford set his sights on qualifying as a ski instructor and achieved it just four months after his surgery.

He completed a full Ironman Triathlon in Majorca in 2016, ran the London Marathon and took part in numerous 100-mile cycling challenges.

On Saturday, he will begin his trek through 21 counties across England, Scotland and Wales.

He added: "To complete this challenge, I'll have to rely hugely on my own resilience to pull myself through some very challenging times."

"This will be made that little bit easier knowing that we'll be raising money for a fantastic charity that is there to provide lifetime support to veterans and their families suffering from loss of limb or sight loss."