Ex-soldier steps up for charity walking challenge

Mark Robinson with his mum, Sally
Mark Robinson with his mum, Sally

An ex-soldier who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he left the Army has taken part in a walking challenge to raise cash for a charity which supported him.

Mark Robinson set himself a challenge of walking 50 miles from his home in Darley Dale to his mother’s home in Gainsborough within 24 hours to help raise funds for Unload, a charity which provides support post trauma, specialising in the armed forces family.

Mark joined the Army when he was 16-years-old and after he returned went down a path of alcohol and drugs to help him deal with his PTSD.

Mark’s wife, Dannii, said: “As the years went on, Mark hid his ‘wounds from war’ by living a life full of alcohol and drugs, leading him to take a path which allowed him to bury his thoughts and his feelings.

“This is a perfect example which shows how the events we witness in life can shape our thoughts and lead to actions which cover up emotions. This not only affects the individual, but significantly affects their families and the people closest to them.”

Mark found out about Unload after moving to the Derbyshire area.

Dannii said: “Since discovering Unload, Mark has turned a corner and is on his way to being completely free of all medication.”

To help Unload and thank them for all the support they have given him, Mark decided to raise money by walking, on his own, from Darley Dale to his mother’s home in North Warren Road, Gainsborough.

To support Mark and make a donation visit www.unload.org.uk/mark-robinsons-50-mile-walk-page and for more information about Unload visit www.unload.org.uk.