Former stunt rider Eddie Kidd finally crossed the finish line of the London marathon on Monday night 43 days after setting out on the 26 mile route. Eddie, who is paralysed and brain damaged after a motorbike stunt went horrifically wrong in 1996, defied doctors who said he would never walk again to complete the gruelling course. Crowds of supporters went wild as a beaming Eddie walked the last steps on a special frame, aided by his wife Sam and celebrity pals Ray Winstone and former The Bill actor Graham Cole. Hero Eddies epic achievement has seen him raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity. Ex-model Sam, 42, cried with joy. It was then revealed the marathon hero, who originally set out to raise 50,000, had raised more than 75,000 for Children with Leukaemia and The Eddie Kidd Foundation, and the donations were still coming in. Speaking afterwards Eddies wife Sam said: 'Im lost for words. Its the best thing he has ever done. Im so proud of him. 'Its amazing. Hed done it, hes done it The one thing I would say to anyone out there whos disabled, injured or sick: get some perspective. If Eddie can do it, so can you. In his prime Kidd was one of the most famous stunt riders in the world. He first stunned spectators, fans and press in December 1979, when he jumped 80ft across the gap in a derelict railway bridge in Essex on a 400cc Yamaha. Kidds achievements culminated in 1993 when he jumped the Great Wall of China and beat Robbie Knievel, son of Evel Knievel, to the stunt bike world championship. However, his life changed forever when he suffered serious head and pelvic injuries after a failed stunt jumping over a speeding car at the Bulldog Bash rally in Warwickshire in 1996 and was in a coma for six weeks. DM