Veterans

Former Army trainer climbs Snowdon in wheelchair exactly two years after accident

Corporal Tom Green is using a hand-cranked bike and upper body strength to raise money and awareness for charity.

A former Army trainer is climbing Mount Snowdon in his wheelchair to raise money for charity, on the second anniversary of a life-changing accident.

Corporal Tom Green, who served with the First Fusiliers as a physical trainer, is using a hand cranked battery assist bike and upper body strength to complete the challenge, exactly two years after he was hit by a lorry.

The veteran started his ascent at 08:04 – two years on (to the minute) from his accident – and is raising funds and awareness for Combat Stress.

Corporal Tom Green, former Army physical trainer, pictured with family and colleagues on his challenge to climb Mount Snowdon (Picture: Corporal Tom Green).
Corporal Tom Green, former Army physical trainer, pictured with family and colleagues on his challenge to climb Mount Snowdon (Picture: Corporal Tom Green).

He is being accompanied by his partner, brother, an old army colleague and a friend from his rehabilitation group, who will be able to help him on any rocky or inaccessible parts of the climb.

Explaining his motivation to take on the challenge, Corporal Green said: "I knew that this day in particular could be tough, so from here on out this will be an annual thing I do.

"I've spent many hours up this particular mountain and yearn to be back up there. Last year I completed an eight-hour ski erg challenge (a cross-country skiing machine you operate with your arms) so I had to go one better this year!

"My intent for this challenge is to obviously raise money and more awareness for Combat Stress but if anyone sees me doing what I do and feels more motivated to get moving and tackle the wonderful scenery we have on our doorstep then 'winner, winner'."