Swimming out of pain and across to France

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A MAN who thought he might never walk again after being involved in a cycling accident is to swim the English Channel to France.

Martin Sutcliffe will join a group of athletes from Rugby Triathlon Club for the Mustard Midlanders Relay English Channel Swim on August 28.

He suffered a spinal injury when he was involved in a cycling accident in May 2010 and knocked off his bike.

Martin, who lives in Stretton-under-Fosse, said: “As a result of the I accident became a full time wheelchair user until March of this year.

“I still need sticks to help me get around, and thankfully my situation continues to improve.”

The other swimmers are Sean Conway, Keith Hirons, Gary Haynes, Rod McGowan and Dave Smith.

Martin said: “I can only describe the world of spinal injury as a distressing and frustrating world, when life as you know it is completely turned upside down, with constant uncertainty.

“Unfortunately a large percentage of those people injured are not fortunate enough to have the fantastic support structure as I have had around me. But that is where the ‘Backuptrust’ can play such a key role in those peoples rehabilitation and support in getting their lives back in order.”

To sponsor Martin or for more information on the challenge, which is also raising money for a children’s cancer charity, visit the website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/www.mustardmidlanders.com.team