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Endeavour Fund Awards: Winners In Full

The ceremony celebrates personnel who have taken part in remarkable challenges after being injured or falling ill during service.

WATCH: The Duke of Sussex and one of the night's award winners, Tom Oates, spoke exclusively to Forces News.

Members of the Armed Forces community have been celebrated at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London.

The event, also attended by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, took place at Mansion House in London.

The awards celebrated the achievements of those servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable challenges after being injured or falling ill during their time with the Armed Forces.

Giving a speech during the ceremony, Prince Harry said: "You should all be tremendously proud of what you’ve achieved and the positive service you continue to provide to so many.

"To see you guys excelling and uplifting others while doing it makes me incredibly proud and grateful to all of you - because you don’t have to do it, you choose to do it."

Four awards were given out on the night:

  • Recognising Achievement Award
  • Celebrating Excellence Award
  • Community Impact Award
  • Henry Worsley Award

Recognising Achievement Award

Danny Holland was the first winner of the night, taking home the award for Recognising Achievement.

Mr Holland was nominated by Mission Motorsport.

While serving in Afghanistan, he was involved in an IED blast that left him with struggling with his mental health.

As part of his rehabilitation, he became a driver who has achieved wins and spots on podiums at national and international races.

Mr Holland is now working to get an instructor qualification, aiming to pass on his knowledge and experience to others on their way to recovery.

Celebrating Excellence Award

Lee Spencer was the winner of the Celebrating Excellence Award.

The award is given to those who have achieved excellence in their chosen sport or adventurous challenge, focusing purely on accomplishment.

Lee Spencer served in the Royal Marines for 24 years before losing a leg as a result of being hit by flying debris in an accident.

In 2019, Mr Spencer made a solo attempt at rowing the Atlantic Ocean, breaking the record, previously held by an able-bodied person, by 36 days.

He also broke the record for the longest solo and unsupported row by a disabled person.

Mr Spencer now holds a total of four Guinness World Records.

His wife, Claire, accepted the award on Mr Spencer's behalf.

Community Impact Award

Previous Endeavour Fund Award-winning team Superhero Tri Series won this year's brand-new Community Impact Award.

The award recognises the team that contributed the most to their community and used experience from their endeavour to support those around them.

The mission of Superhero Tri Series is to create fun, full-throttle mass-participation sports events where people with disabilities do not need to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions.

Henry Worsley Award

Afghanistan veteran Tom Oates took home the Henry Worsley Award, the most prestigious of the evening.

The award is presented to the person who has inspired others with their determination in the face of adversity whilst also supporting others with their recovery through sport or adventure.

Tom Oates was nominated by Deptherapy, a diving charity that he relied on for his recovery after a difficult tour in Afghanistan and losing his fiancée to a road traffic accident just weeks after returning home.

After suffering from severe mental health issues, Mr Oates now supports others with mental health difficulties while also taking part in charity projects to protect the ocean.

He is due to start a degree in Marine Biology later this year.

Prince Harry and Mr Oates spoke exclusively to Forces News after the award was given.