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Captain David Wiseman, from Tadcaster, features in ITV1 programme, Harry’s Mountain Heroes
8:55am Wednesday 15th August 2012 in Fundraising fun
A Tadcaster army captain’s bid to become one of the first wounded servicemen to climb Mount Everest will be shown on primetime TV later this month.
ITV1 is set to screen a 90-minute documentary on August Bank Holiday Monday about the thwarted attempt to scale the world’s highest mountain by Captain David Wiseman and four injured fellow soldiers.
Harry’s Mountain Heroes will follow the servicemen training in the UK with Prince Harry as they prepare to overcome their physical disabilities as a team to raise funds for the Walking With The Wounded charity.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the mountain range, viewers will see them as they trekked, trained and acclimatised for their longed-for summit attempt.
The programme will then show them climbing up the deadliest part of the mountain; the infamous Khumbu icefall, and the eventual cancellation of the expedition due to a combination of bad weather and extreme danger on the slopes above.
The Press has reported previously how Captain Wiseman, 29, a former Tadcaster Grammar School pupil, married to Lucy and with a son, Luke, aged two, and a baby daughter, Jessica, survived being shot in the chest during a firefight while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2009.
A bullet passed straight through his lung before lodging in his back, missing a major artery and nerve by a few millimetres.
Through the climb, Captain Wiseman hoped to help raise £2 million to retrain other servicemen and women who have suffered physical and mental injuries. People can donate £5 by texting the word walk to 70777.
A spokesman for Walking With The Wounded said that although their attempt this year had failed, they had gained strength and learnt valuable lessons that would help them all as they faced civilian life again.
• The documentary will be shown at 9pm on Monday, August 27. For more details and updates about the programme, follow @SupportTheWalk on twitter and become a fan of its Facebook page.