After a football injury resulted in veteran Mark having his leg amputated, SSAFA provided a stair lift for his home.
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Mark joined the 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders in January 1992, due to Army cutbacks they were amalgamated with the 1st Bn The Queens own Highlanders in 1994 and later became part of 7th Armoured Brigade where he was quickly promoted to lance corporal within the Signals Platoon.
During his time in the Army, Mark spent time in Germany and Kosovo where he was the Battallion Ops Commander and later started up the Scottish Division Recruiting Team in Edinburgh where he toured all over Scotland Recruiting for all the Scottish Regiments.
“I was a keen footballer so I joined the Battalion team. After a bad challenge during a match, my right kneecap started dislocating. I had an operation but the problem wasn’t resolved.”
“Whilst in the Army, I had five operations, each one to correct the one before. After the last operation, I was medically discharged. After fourteen-and-half years of service, the news hit me hard,” said Mark Innes.
After leaving the Army, Mark underwent thirteen additional operations over the next seven years. “I was in so much pain that I elected for an amputation.”
As a result, Mark and his wife Racheal decided to move closer to family. “We had a stair-lift in our house and we wanted it transferred to our new home. The charity that initially gave us the lift couldn’t help. That was when I remembered SSAFA, so called to see if they could help.”
“They were brilliant from start to finish. It was a huge weight off our shoulders knowing SSAFA was there for us. The volunteers were so proficient at their job that I decided to join them. I love being a volunteer; there is nothing better than helping a client sort out their problems and relieve their worries.”
Last year, Mark participated in SSAFA’s Ride of Britain, a 500 mile cycling challenge from Edinburgh to London. “Every day I put in five hours of training which pushed me to the limit, but I was determined to complete the challenge. By the end of it, I had raised over £1,600 for SSAFA.”
“Without SSAFA’s supporters, we simply couldn’t help other families like mine,” said Mark.