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.
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.
A soldier from South Yorkshire who became the most seriously injured soldier to survive the conflict in Afghanistan is getting ready to take part in a historic Arctic expedition to honour the heroes of Telemark.
Lance-Bombardier Ben Parkinson will join other disabled veterans to mark the 70 years since the operation to sabotage Hitler's nuclear programme in Nazi-occupied Norway. Ben leaves his home in Doncaster on Friday and is spending the next couple of days preparing for the epic challenge.
Ben is raising money for the The Pilgrim Bandits, established by a small group of Special Forces veterans in 2007 with the sole aim of using their unique training and experience to help and inspire wounded soldiers to live life to the full. Click here for more details.
A man from Doncaster who became the most seriously injured soldier to survive a bomb blast in Afghanistan has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours and says he was surprised. Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson says he didn't think he deserved the accolade which recognises his fundraising.