THIS WEEK IN 1999: Brave Kimberley's millennium goals

Monday, 1st January 2018, 6:00 am
Kimberley O'Connor became highly mobile with her artificial legs and regularly attended the gym to build up her stamina for the exploits she was planning

The Fareham 19-year-old’s millennium goals included a parachute jump, raising money for charity by competing in the Great South Run and scuba diving in Australia.

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But what made Kimberley’s plans so impressive was that she had both lower legs amputated to save her life after she contracted meningitis.

She got about on a pair of artificial limbs, drove a car adapted to her disability and managed two part-time jobs.

Kimberley, of Southmead Road, trained up to three times a week at a gym to prepare for her travels and was in her final year of a full-time BTEC course.