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Veteran who was paralysed from the neck down in Afghanistan walks home for Christmas to support veterans' mental health

Mark was shot in the neck while serving in Afghanistan, leaving him with devastating injuries.


Mark served with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment for 16 years, mostly as a sniper with the Reconnaissance platoon. His service included operational tours in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2010, while leading a routine patrol in Afghanistan, Mark was shot by a Taliban sniper. The bullet passed through his neck, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. Mark was evacuated back to the UK, where the devastating extent of his injuries became clear. Despite being told he would never walk again, Mark was determined to overcome his injuries and learn to walk again.

And that is exactly what he has done.  So much so that last weekend he took part in our Walking Home For Christmas campaign and continuously walked 39 miles pulling a WWTW pulk from Wigton to Carlisle to raise money for other veterans and their families in need of mental health support.

A true inspiration and we as an organisation are so grateful for his support for other veterans.

Support Mark here. 

Be inspired by watching Mark, here.