Health, Latest News, Personalities, Poole, Purbeck | Posted: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 at 12:42 pm | return to news

Poole stroke victim foxes experts with Purbeck charity yomp

A Poole man, who following a major stroke was told that he would never walk again, has proved the experts wrong by taking part in a charity challenge.

L-R, Aldo Kane, Mark Bowra and Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox
L-R, Aldo Kane, Mark Bowra and Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox

Former Special Forces hero Mark Bowra MBE, 46, was joined by TV’s Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox and Aldo Kane in a yomp along the Purbeck Coast for The Bowra 1000 Challenge.

After Covid-19 ended his plan to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End via the Three Peaks, he decided to cover 1,000 miles from home.

And with help from former colleagues and even ex F1 star Mark Webber he is well on his way to completing the challenge for his Bowra Foundation.

His latest trek took him along the coast via Old Harry Rocks and down to Studland.

Prior to his stroke in 2014 Mark, a Lieutenant Colonel, was at the pinnacle of his career and a decorated Special Forces officer.

In 2016 and 2017 he won swimming medals at the Invictus Games and then set up his foundation.

Mark said, “Recovering from a stroke is probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do. My experience in the military has helped me so much.

“I want to complete this challenge to demonstrate that with courage, determination and cheerfulness in the face of adversity anything is possible.

“Please set your own challenge alongside me and we will tackle it together.”

Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox said, “It was a real pleasure for Aldo and me to do part of the 1,000 miles with Mark, who has been through some incredibly tough times since his stroke.

“Despite being told he might never walk again he has proven what determination and courage can achieve. He is an inspiring character.”

The Bowra Foundation was launched to inspire resilience amongst people suffering from neurological disorders through practical help and physical challenges alongside members of the armed forces community.

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