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Hero trekkers back home for Christmas

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 24, 2013

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Prince Harry was praised by his brave band of wounded soldiers as they received a heroes' welcome after returning from a "crazy" South Pole adventure.

The injured British service personnel who formed the Walking With The Wounded charity expedition arrived at Heathrow after catching a flight from Cape Town in South Africa to spend Christmas at home. They faced such extreme weather conditions during their 200-mile odyssey that organisers had to call off the competitive element of the adventure.

But working as one unit, the UK team and squads from the US and Commonwealth made it to their Antarctic goal together on Friday December 13. In total, 12 injured servicemen and women who have overcome life-changing injuries took part, with Harry serving as Team UK's patron.

Amputee Major Kate Philp, 35, from Worcestershire, lost her leg below the knee while serving in Afghanistan in November 2008.

The only female member of Team UK hailed Harry for being "fantastic from beginning to end".

"Especially considering he hadn't had as many training opportunities because he is so busy, he was a really strong, fit individual.

"Personally speaking, there were a couple of days when I was struggling and he was there every time, at rest breaks, helping me out, buoying me up and pulling me on.

"He was exactly what you would expect from a military man – no airs or graces, he just mucked in."

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