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Wounded Arctic trek soldiers return to UK

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Media captionAfter a month together in the Arctic the team will now have to readjust to life at home

A group of wounded servicemen have returned to the UK, after trekking to the north pole.

The team spent 13 days trekking across 190 miles of the polar ice cap and reached their destination on 16 April.

Four members - Capt Martin Hewitt, of Cheshire; Capt Guy Disney, of Oxford; Sgt Stephen Young, of Rhondda; and Pte Jaco Van Gass, from South Africa - were injured in Afghanistan.

They were aiming to raise £2m for the Walking with the Wounded charity.

Braving temperatures as low as -38C, they became the first team of war-wounded amputees to ski to the north pole unsupported.

They arrived back in the UK on Friday night.

"It has been one hell of a journey from initially joining the team to this stage," said Sgt Young, 28, who had suffered a broken back in a roadside bombing.

"It has been a roller coaster ride. I was glad I was there for the ride and to stand on top of the world on April 16 was the end of a long long journey for myself."

Image caption Prince Harry spent four days trekking with the group

Capt Hewitt, 30, who was born in Widnes and now lives in Wilmslow, has a paralysed right arm after being shot. He said the team had pulled together, to overcome their respective injuries.

"I'm not as efficient at cooking or erecting the tent as the guys with two arms so they'd do that while I cracked on with other things," he said.

Capt Disney, 29, lost his lower leg after he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).

Pte Jaco Van Gass, 24, had his left arm amputated and suffered significant tissue loss to his left leg after being hit by an RPG.

The foursome were joined by two of Walking with the Wounded's founders - Edward Parker and Simon Dalglish - and polar guide Inge Solheim.

Prince Harry, who is patron of Walking with the Wounded, spent four days trekking with the group.

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