Worksop veteran's gruelling '100 challenge' in honour of Sir Captain Tom Moore will see him jump into a bath of ice water EVERY DAY for 100 days
An ex-serviceman from Worksop is set to raise vital funds for the British Legion – by plunging himself into a barrel of ice water every day for 100 days.
Mark Walker was inspired to take on his own ‘100 challenge’ by Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised millions for NHS charities by walking 100 lengths of his garden in the run up to his 100th birthday.
Mark, who served in the British Army for 13 years and now runs a transport company, plans to exercise for one hour each day before submerging himself in an ice bath for 100 seconds and calling out his number rank name.
It will be no mean feat for Mark, as he suffers from a fractured neck sustained during his service and is currently waiting on a knee replacement.
But he says he is determined to raise funds for an excellent cause while shifting some lockdown weight. His 100 day challenge will begin from May 1.
He said: “I’d been volunteering in Worksop throughout the pandemic, delivering medicines and prescriptions, but was kind of sat in limbo like everyone else.
"I felt like I was waiting for something to inspire me and that was definitely Captain Tom.
"I’m really close to the Legion and I’ll be honest, I was only expecting to raise at most about £500 and I’ve already had £700 in sponsorship, which I’m delighted about.
"The Worksop branch of Sainsbury’s has also agreed to donate ice fo the ice bath and I’d love to hear from any other supermarkets or businesses who’d like to help.
“It’s not going to be easy but like any ex-serviceman or woman I am willing to take a little pain for a great cause, and I have my wife to support me.
"I’ll also be giving up alcohol during the 100 days, so I’m actually taking on three 100 challenges and not one.”
Anyone wishing to donate can email Mark at [email protected] or call 07713138895.
The British Legion supports members of the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. For more information visit: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/