SEAFORD: Daredevil Eddie training for marathon challenge

Eddie Kidd and his wife

Eddie Kidd and his wife

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FORMER daredevil stuntman and Seaford resident Eddie Kidd was in the town on Saturday collecting charity funds ahead of a gruelling challenge he set himself.

The 51-year-old, who worked as a double in many action movies and performed breathtaking motorcycle stunts, suffered catastrophic injuries following a crash in 1996.

He was in a coma for several months and left with a brain injury which has restricted his speech and movement.

Despite his injuries he will be taking part in the London Marathon later this month using a special frame, rather than a wheelchair.

A number of well-known names have signed up to join Eddie on the epic task - including Hollywood film star Ray Winstone.

Eddie, who has spent more than a year training for the fundraiser, is raising money for the charity Kids With Leukaemia.

His wife and manager Sam said, “Eddie is putting every ounce of energy into this incredible journey.

“His training has been rigorous. It might take three weeks for him to walk the marathon but I’m overwhelmed with the support we’re receiving.”

On Saturday he was out in Broad Street in Seaford to help get his fundraising underway and to meet his fans.

The London Marathon will also see Eddie supporting the Eddie Kidd Foundation, which aims to support other dangermen and women who may find their careers suddenly cut short by injury.

Eddie has set up Facebook pages to raise funds for his cause and also a text line that people can donate to by texting ‘GiveKidd’ to 70003.

For more information visit: www.eddiekidd.co.uk