United fan in wheelchair conquers Kilimanjaro

Monday 13 June 2022 13:00

Manchester United fan Martin Hibbert completed a remarkable feat earlier today by reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro - despite being paralysed in the 2017 bomb attack at the city's arena.

Hibbert, now 45, was told that he would never walk again when a bolt severed his spinal cord. But despite his life-changing injuries, he set out to raise money for Spinal Injuries Association, a charity that he says gave him hope, confidence and practical skills.

Africa’s tallest mountain was selected as the destination for his ambitious climb, and he prepared for the task over the last two years.

Hibbert used a specially modified wheelchair to embark on his mission and along with the help of his support group, he became only the second-ever paraplegic to reach the summit.

A lifelong Red, Martin posed with his United flag atop the mountain to celebrate his remarkable achievement.

Following the climb, he conducted an interview with BBC News and said: "Don't write off somebody because they're in a wheelchair. Look at what they can do when they've got the right help and support. They can climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

"Disabled people can literally do anything that they want to do. Hopefully people see that, and embrace disability and not turn their back on it."

Congratulations on your incredible achievement, Martin!


Martin Hibbert has already raised more than £500,00 but he is hoping to reach £1million for the Spinal Injuries Association.

Donations can be made online, via the Martin’s Mountain page on JustGiving.com.