FEARLESS former stuntman Eddie Kidd, who suffered a brain injury during a motorbike crash, has completed the London Marathon.
It took him 43 days to finish the 26 mile course using a special frame to help him walk – the accident left him paralysed in 1996.
His website said he had raised almost £80,000 for Children with Leukaemia and the Eddie Kidd Foundation.
Eddie, 51, who lives in Seaford, said: “I would also like to thank all my family, friends and fans, and Emma Andrews from The Business Promoter, for all her hard work with the media coverage. My biggest thanks goes to my beloved wife Sam, thank you for believing in me.”
Crowds of supporters cheered him on as he walked his last steps with the help of his wife Sam and celebrity pals Ray Winstone and former The Bill actor Graham Cole.
Eddie was joined along the route by celebrity friends including comedians Bobby Davro and Joe Pasquale, as well as ex EastEnders star John Altman.
Former boxer Michael Watson, who suffered horrific injuries in the ring, presented Eddie with his finisher’s medal when he finally crossed the line. Watson, who was in a coma for 40 days after a fight with Chris Eubank in 1991, completed the marathon in seven days in 2003.
Former British record holder Eddie spent the last 15 years confined to a wheelchair following a tragic motorcycle jump accident back in 1996.
This accident left him feared dead and he lay in a coma for several months.
When he woke up from the coma, he was left with a brain injury which restricted his speech and movement.
When asked what his next plans were, Eddie quipped: “Mount Everest but first I’m co-writing my children’s book, with author, Emma Andrews called Utopia and the main character is Kidd Finn - watch this space.”
Children with Leukaemia researches and treats childhood leukaemia, helps children with the illness and their families.
The Eddie Kidd Foundation supports the treatment and rehabilitation of stunt performers and professional extreme sportsmen and women.
Fourteen times World Champion, stunt double to a stream of Hollywood A listers, he spent more than a year training, with the devotion of personal trainer Matt of Riptide in Brighton and learned to walk again in a special custom made frame.
To find out more and to sponsor Eddie visit www.eddiekidd.co.uk.
Photo provided courtes of www.mobisphotos.co.uk – charity event professional photography.