- Lyndon Chatting-Walters was a Combat Engineer. He was wounded in 2008 and his injuries included four broken vertebrae and told he might never walk again. He was 18 years old.
- Completed a rehab course at the Royal British Legion's Battle Back Centre and is now a qualified climbing and mountaineering instructor providing help and support to other veterans.
- Part of an award-winning stage play documenting the realities of war which toured the UK and featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Lyndon Chatting-Walters is an ex-veteran, mentor, performer, climber, and teacher. Originally from Devon, Lyndon started his career as a Combat Engineer.
In 2008, at the age of 18, Lyndon was serving in Afghanistan and came into contact with an IED, resulting in extensive injuries to his back, breaking four vertebrae. Lyndon was told that he’d struggle to walk again. Despite this, Lyndon returned to the frontline attached to The Royal Gurkha Rifles in 2010.
Upon completing a rehabilitation course at the Royal British Legion's Battle Back Centre, Lyndon was introduced to climbing. This caught Lyndon’s interest and inspired him to use this newfound drive for good. This passion for climbing is what he believes saved his life.
I hope promote awareness of mental health and inspire others to take on new activities which support their overall well-being.
In 2012, Lyndon was part of an award-winning stage play documenting the realities of life after war which went onto tour and feature at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Lyndon is now working as a climbing instructor in the Lake District, holding the Mountaineering Instructor Award and coaches with Leeds Beckett Universities Carnegie Great Outdoors team.
As well as local climbing activity near his home in Staveley, Lyndon has also reached the summits of Cotopaxi in Ecuador and the Mera Peak in the Himalayas, whilst guiding wounded and sick veterans. A special moment was on the Himalayan expedition, when Lyndon and his team reached the summit on Remembrance Sunday, after taking on a three-week trek.
Despite living with daily back pain following his accident in Afghanistan, Lyndon uses his experience to offer life coaching to soldiers with PTSD.
Lyndon has been chosen as a Batonbearer for the North West as figure of inspiration that positively challenges others to achieve their best.