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Celebrities add their support to wounded servicemen and women athletes ahead of Invictus Games

Joanna Lumley Photo: Invictus Games

Celebrities and sporting stars have come together to add their voices of support to this year's Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style sporting event for wounded servicemen and women.

The games will be held in some of the London 2012 Olympic venues, and 40,000 tickets are available for members of the public to support those members of the armed forces in what they can achieve, post-injury.

Olympic medalist Louis Smith. Credit: Invictus Games

Stephen Fry, Bear Grylls, Bruce Forsyth and Joanna Lumley are just some of the famous faces to feature in a short film reciting 'Invictus' the classic poem by William Ernest Henley that celebrates strength in the face of adversity.

Singer Joss Stone. Credit: Invictus Games

400 wounded servicemen and women will compete in the games, taking place from the 10-14 September 2014.

Mary Wilson is among the athletes hoping to compete. She was with the Royal Artillery when she was thrown from her horse in 2001. After three operations as a result of her injuries, she was unable to pass her Weapons Handling Test and was medically discharged.

Singer James Blunt. Credit: Invictus Games

She said the games provide a much-needed boost for those on the road to recovery.

To have stars like these give us their support feels amazing.

To know they and the UK public are getting behind us is a real boost, not only for those hoping to make the team for September but for others who are starting out on their road to recovery.

The games are being organised with the support of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence.

Sir Bruce Forsyth. Credit: Invictus Games

Earlier this month, Prince Harry sent his first tweet, urging the public to get behind the games.

Read: Prince Harry sends first tweet to support Invictus Games

The event will feature nine adaptive sports at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.

Teams have been invited from 14 nations that served alongside each other.