Royal Marine and Irwin Mitchell client Ray Lowrie badly fractured his ankle in three places on a military exercise in Norway six years ago. He then endured a gruelling succession of operations, eventually culminating with the amputation of his left leg.
But that didn’t stop Ray from successfully pursuing his interest and passion for rowing, and last year he was part of the British Armed Forces Team that took part in the Invictus Games.
"Being involved in the Invictus Games was important; not just for the competition, but to also raise awareness of the injuries and illnesses that servicemen and women have to overcome."
The Games, championed by Prince Harry, featured over 400 competitors from 14 nations competing in an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. The event highlighted the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.
Andrew Buckham, a specialist Armed Forces injury solicitor at Irwin Mitchell’s Southampton office, represented Ray. He said:
“The nature of Armed Forces injuries means that they are often extremely serious and usually life-changing, leaving the victims permanently disabled. But our clients are determined not to let this defeat them and the Invictus Games was a fantastic opportunity for them to show their spirit and compete once again.
“With the help of specialist support, care and rehabilitation, many injured servicemen and women are able to live independent lives and come to terms with their condition. Ray has shown incredible determination and is an inspiration to all of us. We are proud to be able to support him and all the competitors as they seek to get their lives back on track.”