Steam Packet Company supports
rehabilitation charity's trip to the Isle of Man
A former member of the Royal Engineers
has spoken about how a trip to the International Southern 100 Road Races,
supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, has assisted his
rehabilitation following a life changing injury.
Jeff Winder was serving in Iraq in 2004 when he lost a leg in an explosion while
clearing improvised explosive devices in civilian areas. His self-confidence was
badly affected and despite being a keen biker he had not been on a motorcycle
since suffering the injury.
That changed when fellow former soldier Rob Maxwell invited Jeff to join a
bikers' trip to the Isle of Man with the Letsdo rehabilitation charity. Rob has
been bringing injured former service personnel to the Southern 100 since 2015,
encouraging them to engage in social activities and restore their enjoyment of
The Steam Packet Company has assisted with the travel costs for each visit, and
this year will be bringing over a group of 6 from Northern Ireland and England
for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races,
which take place around the Billown circuit from 10 July to 13 July 2017.
Jeff explained:- "The trip to the Southern 100 was an eye opener as the
people on the Island were all very friendly and interested in our group. The
racing was excellent, the weather was great and Rob did a fantastic job making
sure everything went smoothly. He always goes above and beyond, as did the Steam
We were well looked after by the Steam Packet Company staff, who kept our group
to one side and assisted us onto the ferry before escorting us to our seats.
The trip to the Isle of Man helped restore my confidence and self worth, and has
given me a chance to show others what can be done if you put your mind to it. Letsdo has helped many other veterans and other disabled people realise that
there are things out there that can help put a smile on your face.
I'd like to thank everyone involved on behalf of myself and the silent few who
really appreciate what has been done for us."
Letsdo was formed by Rob and Steve Timblin, who both underwent limb amputations
following injuries sustained while serving in the British Army, to assist former
armed forces personnel come to terms with life changing injuries and find new
Rob said:- "We organise events to encourage injured veterans to develop a
positive mental attitude by giving them something fun to focus on. Jeff's story
is just one of many that show that visiting the Southern 100, and the wonderful
people of the Isle of Man, contributes massively to their rehabilitation as they
come to terms with devastating and life changing injuries, and realise being
injured doesn't mean the things you enjoy in life are over.
I'd like to thank the Isle of Man Steam Packet for its continued support, which
plays a massive part in ensuring these trips go ahead."
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward added:- "It
is very moving to hear Jeff's story and to understand how these visits to the
Isle of Man are directly helping injured veterans. We are honoured to play our
part and hope attending the Southern 100, which we have sponsored for so many
years, continues to assist with this rehabilitation."