Create a world of opportunity - BBC Radio 4

The work of The Cambodia Trust opens a whole new world of opportunities for people with disabilities; Opportunities for education and employment, and opportunities to participate in the life of the community. Even more than that, our work restores dignity and hope to people who are often rejected by society.

Listen to our BBC Lifeline Appeal to hear Vandeth’s story of how The Cambodia Trust opened doors of opportunity to him. Find out more about our work and follow Vandeth’s story at

The Lifeline Appeal is written by wordsmith extraordinaire Huw Spanner and presented by Chris Moon - motivational speaker and double amputee ultra-marathon runner.




You can now listen to Chris on BBC Radio 4 appearance here -

Cambodia Trust Press Release - Cutting it at Badwater

The Ultimate Test Run - amputee runner takes on the world’s toughest race (Photo Credit: AdventureCorps)

Blatchford’s cutting edge Blade XT prosthetic limb gets it tough at Badwater, Death Valley as double amputee Chris Moon takes it for a test run!

The Race – Badwater – Death Valley, California

Recognized globally as "the world's toughest foot race," Badwater pits approximately 90 of the world's top ultra-athletes—runners, tri-athletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers—against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, California in temperatures up to 130F (55c), it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The 36th run will be held July 15-17, 2013.  More information on Badwater

The Man – landmine survivor and amputee

Chris Moon became the first amputee to run the world’s toughest ultra marathons beginning with the Marathon Des Sables in 1997. Having left the Army to join The Halo Trust in the early 1990’s, Chris initially worked in Cambodia where was one of the few westerners to survive being taken hostage by the Khmer Rouge.  He was subsequently posted to Mozambique in 1995 where he himself became a casualty of the unexploded ordinance he was trying to clear and lost his lower right arm and leg after stepping on a landmine. Doctors treating him said he survived against all odds because of his fitness, determination and ability to treat himself in the minefield. Within a year of leaving hospital in 1996 Chris had run his first marathon, completed a Masters degree in Security Management as well as raising enough money to build a vocational training school in Cambodia. For more than 10 years Chris has been a motivational speaker and trainer sharing his experiences to help people go the extra mile.  He can also be seen appearing regularly on Sky news as a newspaper reviewer.

Chris has been involved in testing and developing artificial limbs for many years, Moon says ‘Blatchford's Endolite have produced what I think is a significant advance in prosthetics. People are aware of the para-Olympics and blades that enable sprinters to perform at the highest level. What Blatchford’s have produced is a blade with an ankle and heel function that enhances the performance of the long distance athlete’.

The Technology – Blatchfords – world-leading UK prosthetics company

Manufactured by British company Blatchford, the cutting edge technology Blade XT with its revolutionary E Carbon technology incorporating a unique designed heel segment will revolutionise the field of components for the application of Elite prosthetic components.

Early trials and feedback from amputees regularly participating in variety of sporting activities and extreme events report significantly increased energy storage and return. With Chris Moon choosing to select this foot for use in the iconic Badwater Ultramarathon held in Death Valley this will truly be the ultimate challenge for both man and technology and he hopes he will be able to shave hours off of his previous best time.

The Cause – run the race…change the horizons for people with disabilities

Primarily, Chris runs to achieve the unachievable and to raise awareness of what people with disabilities can achieve. Chris is also running for The Cambodia Trust, a charity close to his heart.  The Trust was initially established in response to the terrible legacy of landmines in Cambodia, and is now the world leader in the training of Prosthetists and Orthotists - the professionals who make and fit artificial limbs and appliances.  The knowledge and expertise developed in Cambodia is now being applied across the region, in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar, where The Cambodia Trust has also established its trademark schools.

The work of The Cambodia Trust enables persons with disabilities to participate more fully in all aspects of life through its professional training schools as well as providing rehabilitation services and facilitating access to education and employment.

Carson Harte, CEO of The Cambodia Trust commented, “We are delighted that Chris is running Badwater on behalf of The Cambodia Trust. We know that the awareness created and the funds raised will go a long way to improving the lives and opportunities of those with disabilities in Cambodia. We wish Chris all the best and will follow his updates throughout the race with great excitement”.

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Chris Moon,
Sarah Close, The Cambodia Trust              07707 968 427
Carson Harte, The Cambodia Trust           07734 475 792
Mark Mansfield, Batchford UK