Holby City scriptwriter from Norwich to take on 10k push through Olympic Park
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A Norwich scriptwriter who has written episodes for some of the country's most loved shows is preparing to take on a different challenge at the Olympic Park.
Rob Kinsman, 41, of Norwich, is set to take part in a 10k push in his wheelchair around the Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford with the aim of raising £3,000 for charity.
The University of East Anglia creative writing graduate, who has written episodes for Doctors and Holby City, was left paralysed five years ago after contracting a rare neurological disease which left him with no feeling in his legs and reliant on the use of a wheelchair.
On leaving hospital with his life changing injuries, Mr Kinsman found there was no real help available to him on how to use his wheelchair during day to day life and as he looked for advice from YouTube videos he came across Back Up, the charity he is doing the sponsored push for.
Back Up provides information and support for those affected by spinal cord injuries and Mr Kinsman said taking part in one of their residential courses changed his life.
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'Everyone was at different stages in the chair and some were just learning how to wheel but they taught us how to go down flights of stairs in the wheelchair, escalators, steep curbs and using it in the street,' he said. 'When I left I was like a kid with a new bike and was just looking for difficult roads to go down and practise on.'
The charity push is part of Parallel London which is marking four years since the London 2012 Paralympics and in preparation for it Mr Kinsman has being doing five mile weekly pushes through Eaton Park and swimming 50 lengths a time in the pool.
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He added: 'The other thing that is really nice about doing this for Back Up is there may be other people like me out there who need help and didn't know charities like this existed and by me doing this they may find out.'
The scriptwriter is currently writing his third Holby City episode and said it is a surreal experience being down at the set where they film.
'I was down at Elstree last week where they film Holby and I was locked in an airless room of the pretend hospital,' he said. 'But when you go down to the canteen you see all these people you know from EastEnders and Holby City just sitting there and eating macaroni cheese, it is like a dream.'
•To donate to Robert Kinsman visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RobKinsman