Deptherapy has announced that program members Ben Lee and Tom Oates will be conducting a 24-hour dive fundraiser to support the charity.
The event will take place at the Robin Hood Watersports swimming pool in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The dive will start at midday on March 16 and will end midday March 17, 2019.
The objective of the dive is to raise more than £5,000/~$6,585/~€5,824 for Deptherapy.
Ben Lee is a former Royal Engineer who lost both his legs in Afghanistan in 2011, and credits his introduction to scuba diving in 2016 by Deptherapy as a life-changer. Tom Oates served with the Scots Guards and suffers from complex PTSD due to an IED strike on his vehicle in Afghanistan, and a personal tragedy at home.
Commenting on Deptherapy, Oates said:
“Deptherapy is an amazing charity that does so much for so many, with so little in the way of funds. From the minute I learnt to breathe underwater, Deptherapy set me on an incredible scuba diving journey that has opened up a whole new world to me. Many of the Charity’s Programme Members would not be here if it were not for the support of the Deptherapy family. With this 24 hour dive, we hope to raise a significant amount of money to allow the charity to help as many other injured veterans as possible.”
Ben and Tom will be supported by a team of around 30 divers in their efforts, including Deptherapy volunteers, veterans, and Robin Hood Watersports staff.