Meet Mark Ormorod MBE: The Triple-amputee Former British Royal Marine who Keeps on Fighting
Meet Motivational Speaker and Former British Marine Mark Ormrod MBE, who tragically lost his right arm and both legs in 2007, standing on an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.
The Plymouth army veteran and father of three has not allowed his war injuries to mentally scar him as he continuously seeks immense challenges raising money for military veterans for the Reorg Charity helping thousands of families worldwide.
The REORG website states:
"When service personnel transition out of the military they leave behind a life of structure, purpose and camaraderie.
For many former service personnel, this can be a very difficult time, especially if they are also suffering the after-effects of physical and psychological trauma, which is the case for all too many of them. This is where REORG comes in. Royal Marine's C/Sgt Sam Sheriff started REORG to give drive and purpose to people."
Driven by his enduring strength, Ormrod has managed to successfully smash his 1km REORG swim from Drake's Island to Firestone Bay.
As the inspirational war hero approached the shore of Firestone Bay, the crowd broke out cheering and clapping, boosting Mark's morale even higher. Previously competing in the Invictus Games, Ormrod has also won 2 silver and bronze medals along with the pleasure of meeting Prince Harry.
The veteran states that the Taliban did him a favour as the war injuries set him on a path that he never dreamed of. Further, Ormrod, who talks openly about wanting to pass away when he lost his limbs in combat, had once stated that he wants someone to put him out of his misery and would have done anything to return to the man he was before he went to war. However, after reflecting and looking back since he was discharged there is nothing he would change about his life even if he could.
Experiencing numerous touching moments since being discharged from the army, in July 2010, on prosthetic blades, Mark successfully ran 3,530 miles across America to fundraise for various charities. Further, he has since been honoured with being a torchbearer for the London Olympics in 2012, as well as completing a 3,000-mile charity trek.
There is an important lesson to take from Ormrod, which is to make the most out of life no matter the experiences it brings.
Mark Ormrod is a national legend on a Global basis - we salute you!