Wales politics

Osborne hosts amputee icecap adventurer in Downing Street

George Osborne with Peter Bowker
Image caption George Osborne said Peter Bowker (right) and his team were an 'inspiration to the whole country'

A Welsh veteran who became the first amputee to cross the Greenland icecap has been hosted by the chancellor at Downing Street.

Peter Bowker, originally from Connah's Quay, Flintshire, and his four team-mates completed the journey in June.

The former lance corporal in the Queen's Dragoon Guards lost part of his right leg after being blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

The 65 Degrees North project received £100,000 of Treasury funding.

Chancellor George Osborne said: "This funding came from Libor fines on banks, paid by those who demonstrated the very worst values, to support those who represent the very best of British values, like the team at 65 Degrees North."

Since returning from the expedition the project team have visited schools, colleges, universities and youth organisations across the country to promote disability awareness and positive life choices.

Peter Bowker said as well as wanting "to complete something that was more defining in my life than getting injured in Afghanistan...ultimately what actually means more to me than that is the faces of the young kids we see and hopefully we inspire them to go and achieve their own things in life".

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