Manchester bomb survivor takes on challenge for spinal injury charity

A survivor of the Manchester Arena bombing has raised thousands of pounds for the spinal injury charity that helped him rebuild his life.

Martin Hibbert from Chorley suffered multiple injuries and was paralysed from the waist down whilst shielding his young daughter from the blast in 2017. He spent months in hospital at Salford Royal beginning the long and painful road to recovery.

Since then and with help from the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) charity and the Southport Spinal Injuries centre, Martin has been focused on getting as fit as possible to inspire and educate others. He and friend Gary Dawson who also has a spinal injury planned to handcycle in Italy before the coronavirus crisis emerged. Determined not to cancel, the pair instead took on the 66 mile challenge from their front rooms to raise funds for the charity.

Martin, has been chatting to our reporter Sarah Rogers about the challenge, his recovery and the future:

The SIA, which supports 50,000 people with spinal cord injuries is set to lose more than £1m this year in charity donations. Since the coronavirus crisis began they've been met with overwhelming demand for help and support to keep safe.

A fundraising page has been set up here.