Simon Cowell to embark on charity trek as he feels ‘110 per cent’ after broken back

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Simon Cowell is celebrating his “110 per cent” recovery from a broken back – by doing his first ever charity walk.

The kind-hearted star has helped raise nearly £30,000 in just days for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices after pledging to do the walk with partner Lauren and the charity’s vice president Karen Sugarman.

A source said: “Simon is back to full fitness and has been telling pals he feels 110 per cent. He jumped at the chance to do the charity walk as it’s a cause so close to his heart. He has a contacts book bulging with celebrity friends and rest assured they will all be getting calls about donating.”

The X Factor star has so far helped to raise nearly £30,000 for charity
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Simon is said to have undergone intensive physio during his recovery
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Simon, 61, who is also a vice president of the charity, broke his back after falling off an electric bike he was testing at his house in Malibu, California, in August 2020.

He underwent six hours of surgery – which involved having a metal rod put in his back – and was nearly paralysed.

“I nearly smashed my spine to pieces,” he said afterwards, adding that he “couldn’t have gotten through” the trauma without Lauren and son Eric, seven, who, Cowell said, called him “iron man” when he first saw his father with metal rods in his spine following surgery.

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A source added: “Simon has been having intensive physiotherapy to get back on his feet and has been steadily building his mileage by conducting business meetings on walks around the block.”

The “sunset walk” will take place in London later this month and be 10km long.

The trio will also pay a poignant tribute to children who have passed away, after being supported by the charity.

Simon Cowell has made a full recovery after breaking his back
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Karen said: “When the sunset sets on this day, we will be marking it by remembering the many families we have supported throughout the pandemic, loved ones and we will hang a special lantern on a tree to remember those we have lost. Simon, Lauren and I would be so very grateful if you would consider sponsoring us and give whatever you possibly can.”

Contributions to the Shooting Stars Children's Hospices walk can be made on the Just Giving page.

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