Paralyzed victim of Manchester terror attack climbs Mount Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair

Martin Hibbert, 45, from Chorley, Lancashire, who was paralyzed in the Manchester Arena terror attack, used a special wheelchair to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro.

Martin Hibbert, 45, used a special wheelchair to climb Africa’s highest mountain

A man who was paralyzed in the Manchester Arena terror attack has conquered Mount Kilimanjaro.

Martin Hibbert, 45, used a special wheelchair to climb Africa’s highest mountain.

After reaching the top, he said: “This is why I survived, to change the perception of disability, to show that we can literally climb mountains.”

He added: “I could just see the sign at the top. I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. It was such a relief to get there and know we made it.

“Something I will always remember. So proud.”

Martin, from Chorley, Lancs, trekked to the 5,685m (18,652ft) snow-capped peak of Gilman’s Point in Tanzania with a team of eight assistants and guides.







Martin summited 18,652ft in Tanzania with a team of eight assistants and guides
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After completing the trek, the team sang and danced on top of the mountain and Martin unfurled a Manchester United flag.

He said, “I said we would all come back as different people and I definitely will, just love and that. I’m definitely a different person coming home and I think everyone else will be too.

“You know it doesn’t stop there, we’ve climbed a mountain but now we have to move mountains to get what we need in terms of social protection change, accessibility changes, things like that, so I’m going to need all these people to keep giving me this love and support.






Martin hopes to raise £1million for the Spinal Injury Association

“That’s why I’m doing this to show, don’t exclude someone because they’re in a wheelchair, look what they can do when they have the right help and support, they can climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

“I hope this has highlighted how important help and support is.”

Mr Hibbert, who is hoping to raise £1million for the Spinal Injury Association, spent two years training for the climb, which he completed last Thursday.







Martin left paralyzed after the Manchester Arena terror attack
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After completing the trek, Martin unfurled a Manchester United flag

“Climbing Kilimanjaro is only part of the story,” he said.

“My true ambition is to enable every spinal cord injured person to receive the specialist care and support they need to live the life they choose and reach their full potential.

“I want to start a movement that will create a better and fairer society for people with disabilities.”

He and his daughter Eve, then 14, were six meters from suicide bomber Salman Abedi when he detonated his homemade device in May 2017.

Mr. Hibbert had his spinal cord severed and was paralyzed from the waist down.

Nik Hartley, CEO of the Spinal Injuries Association, said:

“It’s important to understand, there is the physical feat of climbing a mountain.

“But it’s not a disabled man going up a mountain with a wheelchair, it’s a man (who) says, I’m coming out of something terrible and I’m going to do something that can change the lives of people who can’t even leave their room because of a spinal cord injury.

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