Paraplegic's bid to walk for Threemilestone appeal
A PARAPLEGIC told he would never walk will bravely step out of his wheelchair for the first time to help raise cash for an innovative centre.
Nick Carr, 26, was left paralysed after contracting encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, when he was 3.
Doctors said he would never be able to walk.
But now he will attempt to walk 20 metres at the last port of call of a huge mission to raise funds for the proposed Centre of Challenge and Inspiration at Threemilestone.
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He will join Keith Cornick, 51, and John Williams, 37, at the end of their 1,000-mile fundraising tour of the UK.
Locals are invited to cheer the trio on outside Morgan's Gym at Threemilestone on Saturday at about 2pm.
They are putting themselves through intense challenges to fund the £20 million centre that will feature a diving pool, rock climbing wall, indoor skydiving and wave rider.
Nick said: "I have taken a few steps holding onto the back of my wheelchair, but I am sure I can reach the 20-metre mark.
"I want to help raise money for the centre because it can help people like me to get better and believe in themselves.
"It fits in with what I want to do. To walk for me was seen as an impossible challenge and I want the Centre of Challenge to inspire people.
"John and Keith have travelled over 1,000 miles to help raise funds. I am going to walk 20 metres. I'm very determined to make it happen."
Mr Carr has been training at Morgan's Gym five times a week, often leaving him in severe pain, but said his passion to see the centre built made it all worthwhile.
Working with a team of specialists at the gym, he uses the rowing machine, static bicycle and leg press, lifting more than 100kg.
Mr Cornick and Mr Williams, the driving force behind the plans, took off on their challenge last month.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/challenge-uk