I'll never forget my Army number or my experience as a young soldier. I came of age after the war so I didn't see active service, but I know about disability and how it can affect an able bodied person. I worked as a stunt man for many years and had friends who suffered accidents while performing and many were crippled for life as a result. Knowing them inspired me to create what was my first invention - ?Orange Aids? - a system of attachments to wheel chairs and worktops which enabled the user to do ordinary chores like open tins, sweep the floor etc.
I admire the team trying to do this journey in 13 days and wish them all the luck in achieving this record. It is a grand undertaking but I think the cause they are supporting is most worthy. Damaged soldiers returning from war zones deserve help, and I know from experience what a difference it can make just knowing help is at hand, and that there is a chance of getting better.
I will follow your progress with great interest, and wish the expedition Good Luck!!"
"Dear Mac, I wish you every success with your new project and have no doubt that you will achieve your goal of breaking the London-Cape Town driving record. I am not sure what records there are for logistics on Everest, but I am sure you broke them too when you did such a superb job for our expedition in 2007. Good luck, have a wonderful journey and I hope you raise a huge amount of money for such a very worthy charity: "Help for Heroes".
Good luck Mac. You might need a bit of that too!"