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Lancashire soldier's charity mission

Sgt Rick Clement Photo:

A Lancashire soldier who lost both legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan is to swim with sharks today to raise money for his charity.

Sgt Rick Clement, 32, was serving with the 1st Batallion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment when he stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) and suffered horrific injuries.

He has funded the trip to Port Lincoln in South Australia himself to be lowered in a cage to swim with great white sharks.

All the money he raises will go to his charity, A Soldier's Journey then will be donated to the British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association, the Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmen's Families Association, ABF The Soldiers charity and Help for Heroes.

Sgt Clement said: "Now I'm much more mobile and able I felt it was time to give something back to those who have helped us.

"As there are so many charities we didn't just want to help one so we decided to build this site and then split the money between the charities mentioned earlier and also my regimental charity too.

A Soldier's Journey has so far collected more than £20 000.