Wounded ex-serviceman Ben Parkinson, who lost both legs in a bomb blast, is to launch a walking festival in Doncaster.
The 31-year-old, from Bessacarr, who was left fighting for life in Afghanistan in 2006, has been asked to launch the ‘Get Doncaster Walking Festival’ to mark its tenth anniversary.
He will lead the first walk of the festival at Lakeside on Saturday, January 16.
The 1.7 mile route, starting at the Keepmoat Stadium, will follow the perimeter of the lake.
Get Doncaster Walking is a council-led programme of free organised walks, ranging from light strolls to more lengthy walks in the country, designed to get local people of all fitness levels out enjoying the fresh air, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and socialising.
Ben will be joined for the walk by Mayor Ros Jones and collectors from his charity, Pilgrim Bandits.
Mayor Jones, said: “The Get Doncaster Walking programme is an excellent scheme that helps to encourage more healthy and active lifestyles, and what a powerful way to celebrate its 10 years than for Ben Parkinson, a local hero and source of inspiration for so many of us, to lead the first walk.
“Anyone and everyone is welcome to join Ben for the free event and I hope to see people of all ages there.”
Ben, a former paratrooper, defied the odds to walk again with crutches in 2011 and carry the Olympic torch through his home town of Doncaster, the following year.
He now uses a spinal brace and prosthetic legs to walk upright.