In the early hours of Christmas Eve 2007, Royal Marines Commando, Mark Ormrod was out on a routine foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan when he stepped on and triggered an Improvised Explosive Device.

In a desperate attempt to save his life, he was airlifted to an emergency field hospital. An innovative and dangerous procedure carried out on board a Chinook helicopter en-route to the hospital saved his life. Mark lost both of his legs and his right arm. He was the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict.

During his recovery, the doctors told him that he’d never walk again and that he should prepare himself for the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

Mark Ormrod turned his personal tragedy into a triumph over adversity. Not only did he learn to walk again, with the aid of specialist prosthetic limbs, but in 2017 he took part in the Invictus Games in Toronto. Sheer courage and determination saw him leave the games as an Invictus Champion with a haul of four gold medals.

In 2016, sculptor Ben Dearnley approached Mark to see if he could produce a unique sculpture of Mark’s torso. The finished sculpture is in the classical Greek style of a warrior’s fragmented torso.

The sculpture is currently enjoying a tour of corporate lobbies throughout London. When the tour finishes, it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at The Royal Marines Charity Commando Dinner, which is to be held at Guildhall, London on the 20th November 2018.

If you would like to own this unique and inspiring artwork you can place a bid using the link below. All proceeds raised will be shared between The Royal Marines Charity & Blesma.


Mark Ormrod's Story