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Today, Your Tweet Will Help Someone Walk. #PikkiCanWalk

15/01/2015 12:22 GMT | Updated 17/03/2015 09:59 GMT

Today, you can help change someone's quality of life, using the power of social media.

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This video shows the moment, that Pikki used robot technology,to help him walk for the first time in 11 years.

Video courtesy of Pikki Fearon and Media Trust

If I told you that simply by tweeting one tweet and having a friend do the same, you could dramatically change someone's quality of life would you help me?

We are all quick to spread viral videos that are funny, horrific, awesome and more but one click today could help someone walk independently again.

My friend, film producer Pikki Fearon was in accident 11years ago that left him in a wheelchair.

Nicholas Fearon known as 'Pikki', who broke his back in 2004, was told he would never walk again, but with his sheer determination Pikki turned his life around and has gone on to produce highly acclaimed feature films 'Rollin With The Nines.' and 'Dead Man Running'.

Keen to help others with spinal injuries Pikki is a regular visitor and mentor at Aspire, preparing for the Rio Paralympics in 2016 and inspiring people with disabilities to make the most of their lives by sharing his own personal experiences. Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.

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Pikki with 50 Cent during the making of their film 'Dead Man Running'. Image: Pikki Fearon

Now there's a new robotic machine, which will help Pikki walk again. REX Bionics & Robot Assisted therapy will change his life but it's EXPENSIVE.

Today at 4pm in Harrow, Pikki will walk in front of press, using Robot Assisted Physiotherapy (RAP) Using REX Technology at Aspire.

Aspire, PhysioFunction and Rex Bionics want to support as many people as possible with mobility impairments and give those who could benefit from Robot Assisted Physiotherapy a chance to do so by launching an appeal to raise funds to purchase a REX device.

During Robot-Assisted Physiotherapy (RAP), REX lifts patients from a sitting position into a robot-supported standing position, allowing them to take part in a set of supported walking and stretching exercises designed by specialist physiotherapists.

Wheelchair users are at risk of developing numerous medical complications from extended periods of sitting. By enabling them to spend more time standing, walking and exercising, REX may offer significant health benefits, including improved cardiovascular performance, maintenance of joint range, and a reduction in infections.

London-based film producer Pikki, will walk with the support of the REX robot for the first time since he battled back from life threatening injuries sustained in an accident 11 years ago.

Pikki, who is the first person use this new technology told me "Standing and walking again in REX felt weird and wonderful but natural at the same time. It's fantastic to be back at eye level with everyone again".

If everyone tweets ‪#‎PikkiCanWalk‬ today, funders could change Pikki's life. ‪#‎DoSomethingBrilliant‬ with social media today.

We need 50,000 tweets today that say #PikkiCanWalk. Please do anything u can to spread the word. Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. We can help them go from injury to independence.