Over 70 Devonshire Freemasons with their families gathered in Davie Hall Masonic Lodge in Plymouth to meet and hear the remarkable story of Mark Ormrod, a Royal Marine and Freemason who suffered horrific injuries while on active service in Afghanistan in 2007
The evening has hosted by John Kingdom and presented on behalf of the Royal Marine Charity and the Devonshire Masonic 2023 Festival.
Mark, who is normally on his prosthetic legs, was in a wheelchair on the night because he had broken his femur whilst training for a jujitsu competition. After being introduced to the audience, he gave a graphic account of the lead up to the event which led to his loss of three limbs in an explosion and expanded on the months of aftercare and rehabilitation he required to get back to health.
Mark also spoke about what shone through was the determination to not only get better but to become a better person, with new goals and targets which he has still to achieve. The superb achievements he has already made which would have beaten most able bodied people are testament to the quality and courage of the man.
After his inspirational story, Mark signed dozens of copies of his book Man Down which were sold throughout the evening and revealed that his story is going to be made into a film.
One of the main objectives of the evening was to raise money for the Royal Marine Charity and the Devonshire Masonic 2023 Festival, as it is another of Mark’s targets to give back a little of what he received and is still receiving from so many different organisations.
The evening succeeded in raising the fantastic total of £1,075 which will be split evenly between the two charities.