Paralyzed victim of Manchester terror attack climbs Kilimanjaro in wheelchair

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

Martin Hibbert, 45, climbed Africa's highest mountain in a special wheelchair
Martin Hibbert, 45, climbed Africa’s highest mountain in a special wheelchair

A man paralyzed in the Manchester Arena terror attack has climbed Kilimanjaro.

Martin Hibbert, 45, climbed Africa’s highest mountain in a special wheelchair.

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

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

“Something I will always remember. Just so proud.”

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







Martin made it to the 18,652-foot summit in Tanzania with a team of eight helpers and guides
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After completing the hike, the team sang and danced at the mountaintop and Martin unfurled a Manchester United flag.

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

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






Martin is hoping to raise £1million for the Spinal Injury Association

“So I’m doing this to show, don’t write anyone off because they’re in a wheelchair, look at what they can do if they have the right help and support, they can climb Kilimanjaro.

“Hopefully this has made it clear how important help and support is.”

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







Martin was left paralyzed after the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena
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After completing the walk, Martin unfurled a Manchester United flag

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

“My true goal is to provide everyone with a spinal cord injury 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 creates a better and fairer society for people with disabilities.”

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

Mr Hibbert suffered a severed spinal cord and was paralyzed from the waist down.

Nik Hartley, executive director of the Spinal Injuries Association said:

“It is important to understand that climbing a mountain is a physical challenge.

“But this isn’t a disabled man going up a mountain in a wheelchair, this is 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 because of one spinal cord injury didn’t even leave their bedroom.”

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