Last week Dorset Orthopaedic ambassador, Mark Pattenden, was featured in a very special programme broadcast on the ITV London 6pm News.
Mark was nominated for Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser of the Year Award by fellow Dorset Orthopaedic patients Hannah Moore and Kelly Jackson. He was then selected by a panel of judges to be a finalist, and ITV made a short film made about his achievements, which can be viewed here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN3E2rCyfNE&feature=youtu.be
Mark has raised over £250,000 for a wide range of charities and causes since he became an amputee 18 years ago. His countless fundraising challenges and achievements include climbing to Everest Base Camp for a cancer charity and achieving a world record as the first para athlete to participate in the Great Wall of China Marathon. Not only have his fundraising efforts inspired numerous people in his community, he has also helped to transform the lives of Hannah and Kelly. He helped to provide running blades from Dorset Orthopaedic for them both as part of a ‘Pay It Forward’ scheme. The three of them are already planning on raising further funds for another amputee who will benefit from a running blade.
As one of four finalists, Mark was up against tough competition and some heart-warming stories about people who, like himself, have made huge sacrifices for others. ITV explained to Mark that whilst they were blown away by the difference he has made to the lives of other people and his dedication to fundraising, he had not been selected as the final winner in the London region.
The team at Dorset Orthopaedic were incredibly proud to see Mark recognised in this way. Managing Director and Consultant Prosthetist David Hills said: “being nominated and shortlisted was such an achievement and we all remain very proud of Mark and his continued commitment.”
2017 has been a fantastic year for Mark; not only was he nominated for this prestigious honour, he has also received recognition from the Prime Minister with a Points of Light award which recognises outstanding individual volunteers and people who are making a change in their community. Mark also has Paralympic ambitions of his own; he has dedicated himself to becoming a Paralympian in Tokyo 2020 for archery. He is currently raising funds to support his Paralympic dreams on JustGiving: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mark-pattenden-1archerdevelopment