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Ex-soldier to climb Brown Willy for two important causes

On Sunday, September 10th Lee Adams - a single parent and army veteran - will climb Brown Willy on

Bodmin Moor, Cornwall’s highest peak, carrying the sofa he was confined to for 14 weeks following a

surfing accident.

Lee, a decorated veteran, served in the Royal Green Jackets for seven years both in Afghanistan and Iraq. Following discharge, he was diagnosed with PTSD which led him to attempt suicide. Fortunately, he was found, and with support began a long journey to recovery.

Through his perseverance and later his involvement in Operation Surf, the therapeutic surfing programme for serving and former service personnel, he rebuilt his life. He established his own business, made a home in Boscastle for his dependent children and as a volunteer of Bude Surf Veterans supported other ex-service personnel.

However, early this year whilst surfing he was involved in a freak accident where his neck was broken.

After a period in hospital, he was discharged to his home in Boscastle which with only one bedroom

for his daughter, he endured 3 months on a small two-seater sofa in his living room recovering from

his injury. During this period of convalescence, unable to work and with all Veteran support services

overstretched, he had to turn to the Foodbank in Bude. Through this charity he received both the food

and support that contributed to his eventual recovery.

On the morning of 10th September, Lee will begin his assent carrying the sofa he found himself confined, from the base of Brown Willy to its summit, an assent of 1,378 ft! He will be supported by a team of friends and former service personnel, but everyone and anyone is welcome to come on the day and encourage Lee to get to the top!

Lee will be supporting World Suicide Prevention Day and Bude Foodbank. You can donate to raise money for the foodbank and Samaritans by visiting his fundraising page,


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