Among those carrying the Olympic Torch through Nottingham on 28 June was bomb disposal expert Cpl Daniel Whittingham, of 11 EOD Regiment RLC. His selection as Olympic torchbearer reflects both his strength in adversity and his charity work, including his fundraising for Felix Fund.
Holly Davies, chief executive of Felix Fund, said: “We are enormously grateful to Cpl Whittingham – or ‘Baz’ as many know him. It was fantastic to see his inspirational work for Felix Fund recognised in this way.”
Cpl Daniel Whittingham was seriously injured in 2009 whilst serving in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was travelling in hit an improvised explosive device (IED). His injuries included two shattered legs, and after 18 months of treatment he had an elected amputation on his left leg below the knee. Cpl Whittingham benefited from a Felix Fund Normalisation break shortly after.
The 26-year-old former Team GB para canoeist is a member of Notts Troop 721 Squadron 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, based at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell.
Last April, Cpl Whittingham helped to raise £60,000 at a dinner in London to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Baltic Exchange Bombing. His ongoing fundraising for Felix Fund includes a sponsored descent into Titan, the deepest natural cave in Europe.