‘Bionic Man’ to tackle Peak trek for charity

Long distance walker Martin Thomas
Long distance walker Martin Thomas

A Buxton pensioner nicknamed the ‘Bionic Man’ is to undertake a 100-mile trek to raise fund for the domestic violence charity, Crossroads.

Martin Thomas, of Manchester Road, gave himself the nickname after being given two new knees and a new hip and undergoing a triple by-pass and a heart valve replacement, all within the last five years.

Now the 71-year-old plans to put all his new ‘equipment’ to the test by completing the Peakland Way in the middle two weeks of August.

He said: “I used to be a keen long-distance walker until arthritis set in and I feared I would end up in a wheelchair as a result.

“But, now everything seems to be have been attended to, I feel sure I will be able to complete the trek – however long it takes me.

Martin is a trustee of Crossroads and says the charity and others like it have played a major role in changing attitudes towards violence in the home.

He said: “Domestic violence used to be treated as a private matter, but now it is rightly an issue of public concern, as people understand children can be fundamentally affected by it.”

The Glossop-based Crossroads charity covers the whole of the High Peak and works with more than 500 families each year.

To find out more about the charity, or if you have any concerns about abuse in the home, you can visit www.crossroadsderbyshire.org
Martin can be sponsored via his website at www.justgiving.com/Martin-Thomas11.