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Arena bombing survivor climbs mountain in wheelchair

EMBARGOED TO 0001 TUESDAY MARCH 16 Undated handout photo of Martin Hibbert, 44, who is planning to use a custom-built handbike to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise money for others with spinal injuries. Mr Hibbert was paralysed from the waist down when he and his teenage daughter were among the hundreds injured in Manchester Arena bombing attack on May 22 2017. Issue date: Tuesday March 16, 2021. Martin is planning to take a Paralympic torch from the London Games to the top of Africa???s highest mountain in September and hopes to raise ??1 million for the Spinal Injuries Association. See PA story CHARITY Spinal. (Cloud Force Marketing/Sam Manton/PA) NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
EMBARGOED TO 0001 TUESDAY MARCH 16 Undated handout photo of Martin Hibbert, 44, who is planning to use a custom-built handbike to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise money for others with spinal injuries. Mr Hibbert was paralysed from the waist down when he and his teenage daughter were among the hundreds injured in Manchester Arena bombing attack on May 22 2017. Issue date: Tuesday March 16, 2021. Martin is planning to take a Paralympic torch from the London Games to the top of Africa???s highest mountain in September and hopes to raise ??1 million for the Spinal Injuries Association. See PA story CHARITY Spinal. (Cloud Force Marketing/Sam Manton/PA) NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A father left paralysed in the Manchester Arena bombing has conquered the summit of Africa’s highest mountain in his wheelchair.

Martin Hibbert, 45, launched the mission to scale Mount Kilimanjaro as he wanted to “move mountains” for disabled people.

He has already raised around half of the £1 million target of donations to fund the Spinal Injuries Association.

Mr Hibbert, from Chorley, Lancashire, and his daughter Eve, then aged 14, were six metres away from suicide bomber Salman Abadi when he detonated his device five years ago last month.

Mr Hibbert suffered a severed spinal cord from shrapnel in the bombing which left 22 dead and hundreds injured.

He reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro this weekend with the aid of a personal team of helpers and local guides and porters.