INSPIRATIONAL South Yorkshire war hero Ben Parkinson has set himself another gruelling charity challenge - taking part in the Sheffield Lord Mayor’s 10km run side by side with the team of solicitors who helped him secure vital cash to fund his rehabilitation and recovery.
Lance Bombardier Parkinson will walk with Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Armed Forces team on the run at Don Valley Stadium on April 17.
It will be one of the first times Ben, who lost both legs and broke his back, hips and ribs in a landmine blast in Afghanistan, has walked on his prosthetic legs in public. He has vowed to travel as far as he can to support the team and help them raise cash for forces charity Troop Aid.
The 26-year-old said: “Irwin Mitchell has supported me and my family so much and in Troop Aid the team is raising money for a valuable and worthwhile cause.
“I’m delighted to be able to help out and hope they can achieve their goals.”
Ben, from Bessacarr, Doncaster, added: “It has been a challenge learning to walk on my new prosthetic legs but I’m beginning to get the hang of it. My rehabilitation has been going really well and I hope to continue making good progress.”
The money will help to provide grab bags of basic essentials for patients of military hospitals who arrive without their personal belongings or clothes. The charity sponsors two rooms at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. Log on to www.justgiving.com/Jenny-Barton to sponsor Ben.
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