Injured servicemen to visit the Southern 100 races

Members of Letsdo, including Rob Maxwell (fourth from right), during last year's The Ride to the Wall, an annual ride which takes bikers to the National Memorial Arboretum to pay tribute to fallen soldiers

Members of Letsdo, including Rob Maxwell (fourth from right), during last year's The Ride to the Wall, an annual ride which takes bikers to the National Memorial Arboretum to pay tribute to fallen soldiers

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Six injured former servicemen are coming to the Isle of Man to experience a road racing event as part of a rehabilitation charity’s work.

Letsdo was formed by Rob Maxwell and Steve Timblin, who both underwent limb amputations following injuries sustained while serving in the Army, with the aim of bringing other injured servicemen and women together.

It is hoped that former armed forces personnel living with life-changing injuries will benefit through taking trips together, coming to terms with their injuries and finding new confidence.

The first trip to the island will be to the Southern 100 Road Races, which take place at the Billown circuit, Castletown, from July 6 to 10.

The Steam Packet is providing transport for six service veterans and their motorcycles for free. Four will travel from Liverpool and two from Belfast.

Rob said: ‘I am an amputee ex-serviceman and life since leaving the armed forces has been a roller-coaster. Many times I struggled to look to the future and cope with my new life, but there was one place in my heart which always had an uplifting effect – the Isle of Man. I’m a keen motorcyclist and the memories of the good times I had in the island made me feel much more positive.

‘That got me thinking about the many types of rehabilitation there are and how helping people return to riding their motorcycles and watching racing could help promote a positive attitude, as it had for me. I got together with Steve, also an amputee, and we formed Letsdo.

‘The intention is to organise events for injured servicemen and women who are also bikers, and arrange trips to racing events like the Southern 100, TT, Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT. We want to give people a focus of something to look forward to, bring people in similar situations together to support each other and, ultimately, ensure everyone has a great time. Eventually, the aim would be for some of our members to become part of the events, and give something back to the Isle of Man in whatever way possible.’

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