Paul Stewart


Spinal Research
Spinal Research is the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop effective treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Wings For Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation
Wings for Life is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury, and funds world class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure for spinal cord injury. . Wings for Life fund research focuses on how to minimise damage, stimulate repair and restore function after an injury to the spinal cord has been sustained. Wings for Life also facilitate the development of technology designed to reduce the risk of injury, particularly during sport.
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Paul Stewart's IronSpine Challenge 2013

Paul Stewart

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2.4 mile swim + 112 mile cycle + 26.2 mile walk + 1 cliff-face climb

Four years ago Paul fell a terrifying 200ft down a mountain at La Plagne in the French Alps, initially threatening and ultimately changing his life forever. In the fall Paul sustained a spinal cord injury which left him partially paralysed.

‘‘I remember waking up in hospital and being told that I was paralysed from the waist down and would never walk again.’’

Paul can walk with the aid of sticks. He has limited ability from the waist down and remains totally paralysed below the knees with no sensation or movement in his calves and feet.

The goal: Raise vital funds for research into spinal cord repair

The IronSpine Challenge takes Paul through 15 days of gruelling physical tasks, testing his endurance and spirit, and ultimately taking him back to conquer the mountain that broke him. Doctors would have said then that this challenge was simply impossible, every mile Paul walks or cycles will be the equivalent of an able-bodied person covering four times that distance.

Paul’s challenge begins at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he endured six months of intense rehabilitation, and continues through the heart of London. Paul will then return to France to climb the 200ft cliff he was thrown from by an avalanche, breaking his back.

‘‘After many months of gruelling rehabilitation, I can now walk with the aid of a walking stick, but it could have been so different for me. That is why I support Spinal Research and Wings for Life. They provide hope for the 1000 people in the UK and Ireland who are paralysed every year as a result of a spinal cord injury.’’ Paul

Paul will be visiting spinal injury centres along the way, raising awareness and funds as he walks through local communities.

August 2013: the journey begins

Keep up-to-date with Paul's progress at:

Recent donors

10.12.13 Truly inspirational - what an amazing achievement


22.10.13 I am very humbled by what you have achieved Paul amazing!

15.10.13 This is truly inspirational and so much raised.

11.10.13 Congratulations. Inspiring. Well done.

10.10.13 HI Paul, we met at Aintree earlier this year - you are an exceptional and courageous man; very very well done. Louise

08.10.13 An amazing Challenge for a very important Charity. All the best

30.09.13 just wow!



15.09.13 many congrats, you are an inspiration to us all Geoff and Julie Derham.

10.09.13 Amazing - truly inspirational - xx

10.09.13 Well done, very inspirational - the Hoff would be proud!

09.09.13 Unbelievable. A lesson to us all.

09.09.13 Well done Stewie

09.09.13 Hi Paul , Salem told me about your challenge. Well done on your amazing achievement.

08.09.13 Paul, a remarkable achievement! Incredible.

07.09.13 Well done Paulo. we heard your radio interview which came over very well. We follow your endevours with interest and dare we say intrepidation!

05.09.13 Well done mate, phenomenal work

05.09.13 Well Done Paul!

05.09.13 All the very best

04.09.13 Congratulations on your achievement Paul, Well Done!

04.09.13 well done Paul! Very impressed with your dedication and determination.

03.09.13 Well done Stewie



Running total

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Anna Leather
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