AN AMPUTEE is determined to beat his disability to help others.

Chris Pearson, 49, of Victory Avenue, Paddock, had to have his lower right leg removed after an horrific car accident in 1984.

Since then he has never given up and has battled hard to promote sports for the disabled.

Chris is now aiming to trek 29 miles along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, from Leeds to Skipton, to raise cash for the British Heart Foundation as part of the charity's annual canal walk.

He said: "My motivation for doing the walk is that I won't just sit about and do nothing. I used to be stuck in a wheelchair, but now with my false leg I can walk.

"I am disabled but I like to be active and have been quite fit and healthy for a few years.

"I am going to give it my best attempt. I know it won't be easy and it will also depend on conditions on the day. But I will do my best."

The walk is on Sunday, September 19. For further information on how to take part or make a donation visit or call 0800 917 6976.