New documentary tells the story of meningitis survivor and Paralympian who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

05 Jun 2018
New documentary tells the story of meningitis survivor and Paralympian who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

Paralympian Aaron Phipps, from Totton, Hampshire, is featured in a new Channel 5 documentary which recounts his record breaking climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, raising funds for Meningitis Research Foundation and the Shaw Trust.

At the age of 15, Aaron’s life was turned upside down when he contracted meningococcal C meningitis and septicaemia. He ended up needing to have both legs amputated and most of his fingers. After a long period of rehabilitation, Aaron got into wheelchair racing, and now age 35 he is one of the UK’s top Paralympians. He competed at London 2012 in the GB Paralympic rugby team, where he scored over half team’s points and he’s currently training towards Tokyo 2020.

In 2016, Aaron became the first disabled British person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without assistance. Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world and as Aaron got higher up the mountain, his off-road wheelchair could no longer deal with the rough terrain so increasingly he trekked on his hands and knees, culminating in an epic nine hour trek through the night and freezing temperatures to reach the summit.

Channel 5 has made a documentary about his incredible achievement. Catch up on My5 by searching for World’s Greatest Mountains and select episode 4 - Kilimanjaro. Or view it online here: https://www.my5.tv/mountain/season-1/episode-4.

“Meningitis has definitely shaped my life. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro unaided and competing in the Paralympics are my proudest achievements. Kilimanjaro is the toughest thing I’ve ever done, but I was determined to get to the summit. It pushes the boundaries of what’s expected of a disabled person. I hope my story might encourage other disabled people to get into sport or to try something new.” Aaron Phipps

Aaron is an Ambassador for MRF, and inspired the charity to run an annual fun sporting event, Pushing the Boundaries, for children who have lost limbs to meningitis. Details of the 2018 event will be announced soon.
 
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