Paralysed soldier tackles Skiddaw

A soldier who was shot in Afghanistan, leaving him paralysed, is tackling one of England's highest mountain to raise money for charity

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Injured soldier scales Skiddaw

by Andy Burn

A soldier who was paralysed after being shot in the neck in Afghanistan scaled one of the highest mountains in England. Mark Harding, from Wigton, was hit by a sniper's bullet while on patrol in Helmand Province two years ago.

The Lance Corporal, who spent months recovering in hospital, walked to the summit of Skiddaw in the Lake District.

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Paralysed soldier tackles Skiddaw for charity

A Cumbrian soldier who was shot and paralysed in Afghanistan is tackling Skiddaw in a bid to raise money for the charity who helped him walk again.

Mark Harding, 36, is hoping to raise £5000 for the Army Benevolent Fund which supported his recovery.

Mr Harding, from Wigton, was providing cover for another unit when he came under fire in May 2010.

He was serving as a Lance Corporal the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment when a sniper's bullet shattered the vertebrae in his neck, paralysing him from the neck down.

He will be supported by a team made up of fellow soldiers, firemen and employees from Wigton-based Innovia Films Ltd.