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Ben Parkinson issues challenge to a Princess

The recovery of injured Afghanistan veteran Ben Parkinson has amazed doctors - he has taken on feats of endurance that would even be a challenge to able-bodied veterans. But Ben Parkinson, from Doncaster, has thrown down the gauntlet to the Princess Royal no less - to join him on his latest venture. He challeneged Princess Anne to a parachute jump when he met her at a royal garden party. Michael Billington was there..

Medical first for brave Ben

Ben Parkinson, the Army's most injured survivor of the Afghan war, will today become the first British soldier to undergo a new treatment on his injuries.

Ben Parkinson Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The former paratrooper from Doncaster, starts a month long course of high-pressure oxygen therapy in Scotland to help treat his brain injuries and improve his speech and memory.


Ben Parkinson to present awards

Ben Parkinson Credit: PA

Injured paratrooper Ben Parkinson is presenting awards in Sheffield later to young people with learning difficulties and disabilities who've learned to use public transport to travel independently to and from school.

Independent Travel Training - known as Indetravel - helps young people develop the skills and confidence to use public transport to get to school, college or work placements.

Before the Sheffield City Council run project was launched in 2009, youngsters with autism, Down's syndrome or other disabilities would have had to rely on minibuses or taxis.


Ben Parkinson's Norway challenge

He's done skydives, carried the Olympic torch and in May heads to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE from the Queen. Now severely injured soldier Ben Parkinson has just returned from one the toughest challenges he's ever set himself.

Ben's completed a sixty kilometre trek in the frozen wastes of Norway to raise money for charity. He was recreating the exploits of the heroes of Telemark who took on the might of the Nazi regime seventy years ago. Here's some of the footage from his trip.

Ben is back from Arctic Challenge

Back from Norway, Ben Parkinson Credit: Calendar news

Just back from Norway, Doncaster's Ben Parkinson watches footage of his amazing trip. He was recreating the exploits of soldiers during World War Two. The Heroes of Telemark trekked through the frozen wastes to destroy factories producing heavy water for Hitler's nuclear programme.

Ben, the most badly injured serviceman to survive his injuries from Afghanistan, trekked for 11 days to raise money for the Pilgrims Bandits charity. He said:

"It was really cold but I had trained hard before we started so was in good shape. You have to admire what those men achieved 70 years ago."

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