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Injured paratrooper helps to raise almost £50,000

Private Patrick Burns (centre) lost a leg in Afghanistan Photo: Mission Morocco 2012

An injured paratrooper from Poulton-le-Fylde has helped raise almost £50,000 for a charity that helps servicemen and their families.

Private Patrick Burns, 25, lost a leg after stepping on a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province.

Four inspirational servicemen, who have all been injured in the ongoing conflict, have been taking part in Mission Morocco 2012.

The team and the specially-adapted Navara pickup trucks Credit: Mission Morocco 2012

The trip was organised by car maker Nissan, which created four specially-adapted Navara pickup trucks for the soldiers to use in the Moroccan desert.

The soldiers underwent a series of challenges in the Sahara, including treks, navigation tasks and a march at the end of the trip.

Two of the soldiers who took part in the trek have lost a leg below the knee. All four paratroopers, despite their injuries, are still serving in the Parachute Regiment.

Colin Smith MBE, CEO of the Afghanistan Trust says of the soldiers' achievement: "We've been overwhelmed by the support Mission Morocco has received and despite suffering injuries themselves, these men's courage and selfless determination to help others in need and their families is inspiring."

You can make a donation to the charity and find out more about Mission Morocco 2012 by visiting the team's JustGiving page.