Charlie Duff with Sara Henderson, at Walk the Wight in 2013. Picture by Robin Crossley.
HE MAY have lost his legs to diabetes and had three organ transplants, but nothing will stop Charlie Duff from Walking the Wight.
Just four months after his second pancreatic transplant, inspirational Charlie, 46, will take part in the eight-mile flat walk on May 11.
Although he is still recuperating at his Newport home, Charlie has started training and has vowed to be fit enough for the challenge. He has pledged to join thousands of others to raise money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
Charlie, who has type 1 diabetes, suffered renal failure ten years ago and had a simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant, followed by the amputation of his left leg. Such an experience would have floored most people, but Charlie recovered well, carried on with his life and even embarked on several physical challenges, including sailing a tall ship and mountain climbing in the Brecon Beacons.
His right leg was amputated two years ago, but Charlie was walking on prosthetic legs within five months — and he even took part in last year's Walk the Wight, winning a personal achievement award.
Charlie said: "Everyone knows about the invaluable work the hospice does and what an important place it holds within the Island community. I am determined to do this both as a personal challenge and to raise money for a great cause."
Interim hospice chief executive Jo Blackburn said Charlie's determination was astounding. "We hear many personal accounts of why people undertake the walk and many people do so courageously having overcome very real setbacks.
"But this, by any standards, would be a remarkable effort by Charlie. It is this sort of positive attitude that typifies Walk the Wight."
Charlie can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/Charlie-Duff3
To register for Walk the Wight, visit http://www.iwhospice.org/walk-the-wight-2014.aspx