Wounded service personnel who will be walking to the South Pole with Prince Harry are calling on West Norfolk gym users to help out.
Ibrar Ali and Kate Philp geared up for the South Pole Challenge with a training session at the Lynn branch of LA Fitness on Wednesday.
The pair are among four amputees, injured while on operations, who will racing against teams of wounded servicemen from America and the Commonwealth in December.
The challenge, which will be raising money for Walking with the Wounded, will see the teams walking 335km in 16 days while battling against temperatures as low as -35C.
A decorated member of the Yorkshire regiment, Ibrar, whose arm was amputated following a roadside explosion, said: “It is a huge privilege to be chosen to do the challenge and not something anyone gets the opportunity to do.”
Kate, whose left leg was amputated below the knee after the armoured vehicle she was commanding was blown up, said: “Training is going well, we have had a couple of team trips to Iceland and in between we are following a fitness programme.
“This is an opportunity to do something extraordinary.
“The expedition is to raise the profile of the charity which re-trains and re-educates wounded men and women.”
The team plan to reach the pole on December 17 and have already completed some training with Prince Harry.
Kate said: “He is very easy to get on with and is very passionate about the charity.”
Kate and Ibrar visited the Lynn gym on Wednesday in a bid to encourage more people to take on a virtual challenge of trekking 335km to raise money for the charity.
The gym will run an open weekend between Friday and Monday, September 13 and 16. An additional body combat session and two-hour spinathon will be held on the Friday.