Veterans

Mark Ormrod: Veteran amputee gets freedom of Plymouth

The former Royal Marine lost three limbs after an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2007, but has since taken on numerous fundraising challenges.

A former Royal Marine and triple amputee has been given the freedom of Plymouth, after tackling several fundraiser challenges.

Veteran Mark Ormrod lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan in 2007 after an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion, becoming the UK's first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict.

Since then, he has gone on to become a motivational speaker and win awards for his physical fundraising challenge work – raising hundreds of thousands for forces charities.

The veteran swam 1,000m in open water in Plymouth earlier this year, smashing a £400,000 donation target.

Having already received an MBE last year, Mr Ormrod was delighted to be recognised once more.

He said: "I was given a couple of minutes to speak and I said to everybody, 'I was born here, 38 years ago. I've lived here my entire life, I was educated here. I've travelled the world with my military career and now, over the last 10-plus years I've travelled the world in a different career'."

"But I've always come back here. This is home to me.

"To be given an honour like the freedom of the city, and only 45 people have got that since 1917, it's a huge honour."