Written by Becky Newdick – 14th Aug 2023
A few months ago, Mark Udle got in touch with us and said that he would like to fundraise for Safer Waves. Mark is an outdoor enthusiast, who is passionate about inspiring and encouraging people to get outdoors, for the benefit of their physical and mental health.
We were very excited about the prospect of our first fundraiser, and Mark soon fine-tuned his plan. The challenge he decided on is 80 miles of hiking over 4 days, along the steep cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. Mark wanted to involve as many of his colleagues as possible, and set about inviting them to walk alongside him, and to help him with the logistics.
So far Mark has completed 260km worth of training with his colleagues and his family.
We asked Mark why he wanted to undertake this challenge for Safer Waves and he shared these words with us:
Mark’s powerful account speaks volumes. Firstly it shows a determination that we see time and time again in the people who contact us, to use past trauma to create positivity, and to change the future for ourselves, our families and the next generation.
Mark also wanted to make it clear that anyone can experience trauma, anyone can suffer from PTSD, and that there is no shame in that.
Finally, Mark’s challenge is in the true spirit of Safer Waves. Bringing people together and turning negative experiences into teamwork, strength and empowerment.