A BRAVE victim of a drink driver has vowed to continue with a charity challenge despite having been put in a coma.
Aaron Tomkinson had been preparing to do the Great Manchester Run earlier this year but his training was suddenly halted when he was knocked down by a car.
The 39-year-old was left with bruising to the brain, a dislocated shoulder and broken ribs after the accident outside the Metropole Hotel on April 29.
Just three months on, he is now set to do the Great Yorkshire Run in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and A Soldier’s Recovery, both charities close to his heart.
The father-of-three says that thinking of those who he will raise money for has spurred him on his recovery.
He said: “I could have been a lot worse off. What helped me was thinking what others have been through. They’ve gone through a lot more than I have.”
The bombardier, stationed with 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, chose to raise funds for A Soldier’s Charity after meeting Blackpool man Ricky Clement, a soldier whose legs had to be amputated after a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
He has also been fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity caring for his father who has bowel cancer.
Mr Tomkinson said: “I’m just about recovered.
“It’s kept me motivated through my recovery, knowing I can do another fundraiser.
“I felt frustrated by the accident because I try to do training every night, but I’ve just got to get it done now.”
After finishing physio earlier this week, he began training again on Wednesday evening, ready for the 10km run on September 2.
He said: “My run the other night didn’t feel too bad. I’ve just got to take my training gradually and take my time.
“It’s been frustrating not being able to raise money but I try to get £1,000 each time.”
Mr Tomkinson has already raised more than £25,000 for charities in previous years, having run the London Marathon five times and done sponsored speed marches with army colleagues.
He tries to visit the Macmillan Unit where his Dad is treated as often as possible when on leave at his home in Bispham.
He added: “It’s nice to go and support my Dad, he thinks it’s brilliant.
“It’s nice to see people who are being treated and see where the money is going.”
To sponsor Aaron, visit facebook.com/aaron.tomkinson.1