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Bourne Balkans veteran aims for glory at Veteran Games

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By Libby Mayne

A Balkans veteran aims for glory at the Veteran Games to represent the RAF’s leading welfare charity.

Flight Lieutenant Carl Harding, from Bourne, joined the RAF aged 20. In 1992, he was deployed to Sarajevo during the Balkans war.

Carl Harding is aiming for glory at the Veteran Games
Carl Harding is aiming for glory at the Veteran Games

However, his career was suddenly cut short in 1997 after being in a motorcycle accident that left him wheelchair bound. The RAF Benevolent Fund stepped in and supported Carl with a Housing Trust property suited to his needs.

Carl said: “Thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund’s support, me and my family had somewhere to live, enabling me to adapt to life as a wheelchair user.”

Carl is now aiming for success in the shooting competition at the Veteran Games taking place from May 29 - June 3 in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Carl said: “I think everyone should strive to be part of something much bigger than themselves.

“Being able to be an ambassador for the RAF Benevolent Fund is a great privilege. Being able to go to events like this promotes self-confidence.”

The Veteran Games will be run by the charity Beit Halochem, which offers rehabilitation, sports, recreation centres and lifelong care for disabled veterans and their families in Israel. The Games recognise the role sport and family play in the ongoing recovery of veterans who have suffered physical and psychological challenges from serving their country.

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