Lee Spencer ‘The Rowing Marine’ met with Prince Harry ahead of his attempt to set a new record for rowing unaided across the Atlantic.
In 2015 Lee set-off to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean as part of The Row-to-Recovery team, a team of four injured veterans that had just 3 legs between them. Some 46 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes later the team rowed into land as the first British military all amputee team of four to row an ocean.
But now the the marine is planning on rowing from the mainlands of Europe to South America solo to raise awareness for the Endeavour Fund, a charity co-founded by Prince Harry.
After coming through three operational tours of Afghanistan unscathed, Lee lost his right leg after being hit by flying debris as he was helping a motorist who had crashed into the central reservation of the M3 in Surrey in 2014.
The Rowing Marine spoke to the Prince and said: “When you go outside (leave the military), you think I’m going to miss the lads, miss the laughs, the camaraderie and everything that goes with it. But actually, it’s the sense of service, sense of doing something that matters.”
“And you allowing me to do this for the Endeavour Fund has allowed me to carry that on.”
Harry described Mr Spencer’s challenge to raise awareness for the Endeavour Fund meant a “hell of a lot” to other veterans.
The Endeavour fund which is fuelled by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry aims to help service men and women rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.
Setting off from Gibraltar on January 18 in nothing but a 7-meter rowing boat, Lee will attempt to row unsupported 3,500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.