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Turner twins trek across Greenland for paralysed Bel

A 12-year-old girl from Harrogate who was left paralysed after a childhood accident has inspired a set of twins to trek to the top of the world for charity, but says that they in turn give her inspiration.

Bel with her mother, Vanessa, before her accident

Bel Young was a happy, active 8-year-old the day she played in a neighbour's garden.

But after she fell awkwardly from a climbing frame, her life changed in an instant and she was paralysed from the neck down.

Bel in hospital recovering from her accident

After spending a year recovering in hospital, she returned home, but her life was drastically different.

Bel now requires round the clock care, a breathing apparatus and is confined to a wheelchair.

Her mother, Vanessa, describes the moment their lives changed:

It was upon hearing her story, that Devon twins, Hugo and Ross Turner decided they would try to help.

Hugo himself had experiance of spinal injuries. He narrowly escaped paralysis following a diving accident, needed months of rehabilitation before he could walk again.

The Turner twins before setting off on their Greenland expedition Credit: spinal-research.org

The twins decided they would trek 340 miles across Greenland, battling icy winds of up to 150 miles per hour to raise money for the charity Spinal Research, which is helping Bel with her recovery.

Back in Harrogate, Bel says that simply by undertaking the challenge, the twins have inspired her, as Calendar's Sarah Clark found when she took a special message to her from Greenland: