War hero Johnson Beharry VC last night emotionally admitted that taking part in Dancing On Ice has improved his quality of life no end. The former soldier, who suffered horrific injuries in Iraq, was awarded Britain's highest honour in 2005 after saving the lives of his comrades on two separate occasions.
Before the show Johnson lacked feeling in his legs and had problems with his co-ordination and memory, all have which skating on the programme has improved.
"The competition has not only helped me physically but mentally as well," he told The Sun. "It has allowed me to re-programme my brain and has allowed me to get stronger, which is particularly helping with my spinal injuries.
"The pain will never go away, but the training has really helped strengthen my core muscles, which means my back pain has lessened."
He continued: "I have real problems with my legs, as the signal from my brain is not there, but I am getting muscle memory and they are remembering what to do more. I have more feeling in them now and I am hoping it will come back 100 per cent.
"Even when I am not in the competition any more, I will still go skating as it has helped me so much."
Johnson's skating partner Jodeyne Higgins added: "The overall experience has been life-changing for him. He has found something he loves to do in skating and he has said he will carry it on beyond the competition."
Dancing On Ice continues tomorrow night on ITV1.