Cayle Royce MBE
Lance Corporal Cayle Royce lost both legs in Afghanistan in May 2012 whilst serving as a sharpshooter with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force after he stepped on an explosive device. This resulted in above-the-knee amputation of both legs, facial scarring, multiple amputations to the fingers of his left hand and neck trauma.
The 26-year-old was in an induced coma for 48 days while medics battled to save his life. After a gruelling recovery programme, Cayle has proven time and again that determination overcomes trauma and, in the winter of 2013 and 2014 he rowed the Atlantic from La Gomera to Antigua as a crew member of Row2Recovery. In 2015/6 he skippered a boat with three other wounded Servicemen, who rowed the Atlantic taking 46 days and facing enormous challenges; massive storms, near misses with larger vessels and parts of the boat endlessly breaking and needing repairs.
He has also become the first double amputee to fly a solo powered paraglider from John O’Groats to Lands End.