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A British man who lost an arm and a leg while supervising mine clearance in Mozambique is due to start a 1,000-mile challenge to raise funds for Barnardo's.

Chris Moon, who lost his right arm and leg in 1995, has been running marathons, ultra-distance races and raising money for charity in the past 15 years.

The 48-year-old, who was born in Wiltshire and lived in Coombe Bissett, near Salisbury, aims to run 36 miles a day for 30 days. He leaves Edinburgh for the journey and is expected to clock up about 1,000 miles in the month.

The route of the Post Office 1000 Challenge will take him through Scotland to Northern Ireland, through Manchester, Liverpool, Northampton and finishes in London on September 30.

Mr Moon, who lives in Strathaven, Lanarkshire, said: "Barnardo's is the Royal Mail Group's charity partner. I am both excited and honoured to be involved in this fundraising campaign.

"I think knowing that we just did a little bit to make a difference is what life is about, and I hope that by doing this challenge it will help in some way to provide a brighter future with hope and dignity for more children.

"I have trained for six months to make my body strong enough to do it. I have done a lot of weight training to make sure the muscles around the joints protect the joints and I have been running 10 miles on most days."

He continued: "This is about being strong enough not to break. This is probably one of the toughest I have done.

"Every pound is going to count. My target, personally, is raising in the region of over £1 million.

"My biggest fear is that the bit of the leg that's left swells up and then gets blisters. It could mean I won't be able to get my leg on again."

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