A former athlete, tireless fundraiser and double amputee, Alan Rayment is beaming, after being fitted with new state-of-the-art prosthetic legs.
The 40-year-old father-of-three, of Windsor Road in Crowle, lost both legs due to complications arising from leg ulcers and MRSA in 1997, but it has never stopped him living life to the full. He said his new legs from the limb centre in Hull would help him “lead a more normal life”.
In 2001 he was given his first pair of artificial legs, but said he couldn’t use them properly and it reached a point where he stopped using them and began to use a wheelchair.
In 2002 he undertook the first of his charity work and has raised thousands of pounds for different organisations, including Cancer Research, SENSE and St Oswald’s Church.
In 2004 he completed his first London marathon in seven hours in his wheelchair, and has since cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, also from Saigon to Vietnam and through Romania and Moldova, competed in triathlons for Team GB and carried Olympic torches in Athens and London – his sporting career ended after he suffered a burst appendix in 2012.
After receiving his new legs, Alan, gym manager at North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe, said: “The new legs are fantastic. I am now 5ft 7ins tall and wear a size eight trainer courtesy of Metres to Miles in Epworth and Vuelta Sport. I’m learning to stand, but I’ve still a lot to learn. After showing my new legs to my sons, Thomas, nine, Harry, six and Ace, three, they said they think it’s great. I’d like to think this is inspiring others.”