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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Injuries won’t stop Ben’s charity walk

A POLITICIAN will walk 60 miles for charity – with a broken leg.

Councillor Ben Berry suffered the injury, along with a shattered knee cap on an adventure trip to Scotland in July.

The 23-year-old hit underwater rocks, while “canyoning” with friends in Pitlochry, in Perthshire.

The Conservative councillor on South Lakeland District Council signed up to Walk the Walk, a trek from Windermere to Carlisle via Kirkstone Pass, on September 15 and has vowed to still take part, despite his injuries.

Following his accident Cllr Berry retained consciousness and laid in the water at the riverside for over three hours before the emergency services were able to come to his aid.

He was winched up and flown to an airport by RAF helicopter and transferred to hospital in Dundee, where he had surgery and stayed for over a week.

The walk will be conquered over two days, with an overnight stop at the Pooley Bridge Inn and those taking part hope to raise as much money as possible for the Prostate Cancer Charity.

It starts from Clayton's Butchers in Windermere and finishes at Carlisle Racecourse.

Cllr Berry decided to sign up to Walk the Walk because his grandfather, Michael Berry OBE, lost his fight to prostate cancer in 2003.

Cllr Berry had been training hard near his home in Troutbeck leading up to the event, but is now left unable to walk without the aid of crutches.

Cllr Berry said: “Raising awareness and money for The Prostate Cancer Charity is something I’m really passionate about, otherwise I wouldn't have signed up to do it and I'm not about to let a broken leg get in the way.

“I'm going to complete the 60 miles by whatever means necessary, whether that means crawling up Kirkstone or swimming Ullswater, I'm game.”

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