A South Yorkshire soldier - the most seriously injured serviceman to survive the conflict in Afghanistan - has completed his Arctic trek.
Ben Parkinson, the most seriously injured soldier to survive the conflict in Afghanistan, is setting off for his Arctic expedition today.
Youngsters on the children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary had a smile put on their faces by local bikers and war-hero Ben Parkinson.
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.
Former paratrooper Ben Parkinson will be taking part in the Brigg 10K's Military Challenge race.
Ben lost both his legs in Afghanistan in 2006, and was guest of honour at the race last year, which is held to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.
Ben Parkinson said, 'Thanks mate' to Prince Charles when he was given his MBE. TheLance Bombardier lost both legs and suffered more than 40 injuries, including brain damage which affected his memory and speech, in a bomb attack in 2006.
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.
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."
Ben Parkinson has spoken of his motivation for the Arctic trek. He says one reason is to "prove his doubters wrong."
Ben Parkinson leaves for Norway and his Arctic challenge on Friday. He will be accompanied by his stepfather Andy Dernie on the 10-day trip.