The Royal Marines Charity

The Royal Marines Charity exists to help the entire Marine family. It is uniquely placed to understand, respond and react by offering lifelong support, helping to enable Marines and their families overcome many of the challenges they face – from life-changing injury or limiting illness and mental health issues to transition to civilian life, and even poverty.

Surrey Steels have been involved in raising money for The Royal Marines Charity after a chance encounter between Tim Brett and former Royal Marine, Lee Spencer. They found themselves in the same place at the same time - St. George’s Hospital, Tooting. In the major trauma ward, in beds next to each other after surgeries, spending days and evenings sharing stories, and both on paths to recovery, a friendship was born - a friendship that is committed to helping those who have been wounded and injured in our nation’s service.

Lee Spencer - The Rowing Marine

Lee Spencer was a Royal Marine Commando for 24 years, completing three operational tours of Afghanistan. In 2014, whilst helping others in a traffic accident on the M3, Lee was hit by flying debris and lost his right leg below the knee. Lee was not prepared to be defined by his disability though and went on to make history in 2015 as part of the first all-amputee team to row 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic Ocean with Row2Recovery.

In 2019 Lee became the world’s first physically disabled person to row solo unsupported from mainland Europe to mainland South America, breaking the able bodied record by an astonishing 36 days.

In 2022 Lee again made history attempting a triathlon like no other, a triathlon that encompassed the three iconic endurance challenges in Great Britain – the English Channel, Land’s End to John O’Groats and the Three Peaks – as one huge endurance challenge. Sadly Lee’s leg didn’t withold to the end but yet again he raised huge amounts for the RMC and was determined he would not be defeated in his fundraising mission.

Tim and the team at Surrey Steels are incredibly proud of their supporting role in Lee’s incredible journey to date and are looking forward to his next adventure.