A British Army Major with a rare form of blood cancer hopes to become the fastest disabled woman to drive a powerboat around the Isle of Wight.
Three years ago Major Mandy Islam was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer that affects bone marrow.
Major Islam is working with the Ministry of Defence to change the way serving personnel with life-changing illnesses are looked after.
Speaking at an event in Wellington Barracks on the issue, she said the military had been very supportive of her throughout the course of her illness:
Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, praised her as an, “extraordinarily vibrant woman who wants to do her bit for defence. And why wouldn’t we want to engage with that?”