Karl Hinett - Walking With The Wounded Everest Team member

Karl Hinett

Karl's Story

Karl’s life changed forever on September 19, 2005, while in Basra serving with the Staffordshire Regiment.

Karl was supporting an operation to rescue two British soldiers held in a police station. A riot broke out and his Warrior tank’s viewing sights were shattered by insurgents throwing bricks. It forced the crew to open their hatches to see outside and one of the mob then threw a Molotov cocktail, drenching Karl in burning petrol.

Karl received 37 percent burns to his hands, legs, arms and face and he was taken to a field hospital, where he was put into an induced coma and flown back to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham — arriving just 30 hours after he was injured. In the hospital, Karl’s recovery, which would take five years and 16 operations, began.

After his last operation in 2010, Karl decided to dedicate the next few years of his life to fundraising for his fellow wounded Servicemen, and for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he had spent much of his recovery. To date Karl has raised over £30,000 for charity.

Karl began running marathons as part of his recovery; this soon became much more than a hobby. He completed 100 marathons between 2011 and 2012 while also attempting to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain alongside Walking with the Wounded.

Through the H4H Band of Brothers network, Karl has signed up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2013. Travelling the globe as he took part in the marathons has driven Karl to learn more about the world. He has subsequently enrolled to study geography which he plans to teach in the future.

Karl says: “I have truly found out the human body had almost no limits when being pushed. I hope that my challenge might just encourage others to take a step outside that comfort zone and see what they can achieve. Help for Heroes has helped me to establish new goals, pushing me mentally and physically. I would like to thank the generous public, who support H4H, for letting them continue to do the great work they do.”