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Ben gets ready for Arctic trek

Packing for the Arctic trek Credit: Calendar news

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.

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Ben Parkinson makes another stride forward in road to recovery

Ben Parkinson has made another stride forward in his incredible road to recovery after he lost both his legs below the knee in a bomb attack in Afghanistan. Ben, who is from Doncaster, was the most badly injured servicemen to survive the battlefield.

Since then he's jumped out of planes and carried the Olympic torch. He has now been fitted with a new pair of legs which it's hoped will give him even more freedom.

New legs for Ben Parkinson

Ben Parkinson carrying the Olympic torch in his hometown of Doncaster Credit: Calendar news

Ben Parkinson, said to be the most seriously injured soldier to survive the Afghan conflict, is set to take his first steps on his new legs. Ben won the hearts of the nation when he carried the Olympic torch through his hometown of Doncaster.

Today he is in Loughborough to be fitted with his new legs - made by a firm which also enabled Paralympic gold medallist Jonnine Peacock to run to glory.

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