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Former army Captain and amputee passes through the Highlands on huge charity cycle

By Imogen James

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Stuart on day seven of the cycle.
Stuart on day seven of the cycle.

AMPUTEE Stuart Croxford is due to arrive in John O'Groats tomorrow, completing a mammoth cycle 2000km from Land's End.

A former Captain in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Mr Croxford is raising funds for charity Blesma who provide limbless and injured veterans with lifelong support.

Mr Croxford suffered severe feet injuries in 2012 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, and only two years later lost his right leg in another accident.

Stuart and his wife Lizzie and daughter Kensa.
Stuart and his wife Lizzie and daughter Kensa.

However, he did not let his amputation slow him down and has since completed a full Ironman, the London Marathon and many 100-mile cycling challenges.

Mr Croxford said: "The cycle thus far has been a huge test of physical and mental endurance. At times it has involved sleeping out under the stars, and often getting just 4 to 5 hours sleep. Despite severe exhaustion at times, I kept pushing through, knowing we are raising funds for a fantastic charity.

Stuart with the AVA defender.
Stuart with the AVA defender.

"The route has taken me on single-track, gravel roads, byways, and quiet rural lanes through some of the most challenging and incredible landscape the United Kingdom has to offer."

Electric vehicle company AVA was inspired by his story, and developed an electric defender in his honour. The vehicle is accompanying Mr Croxford on his challenge as a support vehicle.

AVA founder, Norman Crowley, added: "The AVA Croxford Defender celebrates Stuart’s remarkable story of resilience and positivity. The vehicle is AVA’s tribute to Stuart’s incredible courage and determination in the face of adversity."

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You can follow his journey on a live interactive map.

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