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Disabled man completes 125 mile charity walk

Simon Kindleysides on a fundraising walk
Simon Kindleysides on a fundraising walk Image credit: edp24.co.uk

A 36-year-old man paralysed from the neck down has defeated the odds by walking 125 miles for charity.

Simon Kindleysides covered the distance wearing an exoskeleton suit in February around his hometown of Blofield, Norfolk raising money for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity which supports children operating theatres and intensive care units.

Before setting off he aimed to walk 112 miles, so he completely “smashed” his target.

Kindleysides covered at least four miles a day, the distance his suit can run on before it needs recharging.

After taking his last steps the fundraiser said: “I’m relieved it’s over if I’m honest.”

It’s not the first time the dad-of-three has embarked on an ambitious trek, in 2018 Simon completed the London Marathon using a robotic suit which was on loan.

A viewer was so impressed they bought him his own exoskeleton suit worth £100,000 which operates in tandem with the body movements.

Kindleysides controls the wearable mobile machine by his watch.

On Thursday Simon was suffering from neuropathic pain, but it didn’t stop him from completing the walk.

Kindleysides became paralysed from the neck down after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2013.

You would had thought he needs a rest after completing such a challenge, but he is already planning his next adventurous mission by walking up a gigantic tall building.

Kindleysides said: “I want to do a steps challenge next,

"I'm looking at climbing 58 floors of skyscraper in London."

Simon Kindleysides completed the challenge because he wanted to "give something back" the NHS.