Man left paralysed by Manchester Arena bomb conquers Mount Kilimanjaro

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Man left paralysed by Manchester Arena bomb conquers Mount Kilimanjaro

Martin Hibbert, 45, reaches 5,895-metre summit in wheelchair as he aims to raise £1m for Spinal Injuries Association

Martin Hibbert said he was ‘just so proud’ after reaching his goal. Photograph: @SIA_Mountain/Twitter

Martin Hibbert said he was ‘just so proud’ after reaching his goal. Photograph: @SIA_Mountain/Twitter

Josh Halliday and agencies

Mon 13 Jun 2022 10.16 EDTLast modified on Tue 14 Jun 2022 00.12 EDT

A man left paralysed by the Manchester Arena bomb has conquered the summit of Africa’s highest mountain in his wheelchair.

Martin Hibbert, 45, broke into singing and dancing as he reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro with his support team of helpers and local guides.

Hibbert and his daughter Eve, then aged 14, were 5 metres away from suicide bomber Salman Abedi when he detonated his device five years ago last month.

Hibbert’s spinal cord was severed by shrapnel in the bombing, which left 22 dead and hundreds injured.

Hibbert launched the mission to scale Mount Kilimanjaro as he wanted to “move mountains” for disabled people. He has already raised around half of the £1m target of donations for the Spinal Injuries Association.

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