Private Karl Hinett’s life changed forever in 2005 when as an 18 year-old soldier his Warrior armoured vehicle was firebombed. Karl received burns to 37% of his body but despite his horrific injuries, he made a full recovery and in 2012 Karl took part in Walking With The Wounded’s Everest expedition.
Karl received treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he underwent 16 operations in total. Karl is profiled in today’s Sun newspaper in a piece about the NHS Blood and Transplant Tissue Services centre in Speke where the tissue used for his treatment was housed.
Karl’s recovery is remarkable and to show his gratitude for his life-saving treatment, Karl decided to run 52 marathons in 2011 to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. That would be enough for most people but in 2012 Karl decide to extend his challenge to 100 marathons. He has only 11 more marathons to run to hit his fundraising goal and has run 100 marathons to date which is truly an impressive feat.
Karl has an amazing story to tell about Iraq, about his injuries, about his treatment and his experiences on Everest. You can meet him and Chris Gwilt who also climbed Everest tonight at a joint Cotswold Outdoors and Helly Hansen event at Cotswold Outdoors Birmingham store.