A DAD-of-one is thanking the hospital staff who have helped him through his cancer diagnosis by taking part in a skydive.
Mark Clark will be jumping from a plane this Saturday in Salisbury to raise cash for Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, Portsmouth.
I am delighted that I can take part in the skydive and give back to the NHS.Mark Clark
The 57-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April last year and given the devastating news that he only had up to 18 months to live.
He said: ‘From that moment, my life was turned upside down and everything changed.
‘I could no longer drive, ride or race my horse and I had to close down my blacksmith business of 35 years. I was facing a bleak future.
‘Once the tumour was removed, I underwent six weeks of radiotherapy at QA and then six months of chemotherapy, during which time I had periods of seizures and frightening hallucinations.
‘But I received wonderful support and help from the whole oncology unit under Dr Dubois.’
Mark, from Midhurst, has already raised £3,520 for QA Hospital’s neurology and oncology departments.
He hopes the money will be used to improve services, facilities and research.
Mark added: ‘My family and friends have been a great support to me during some very dark moments.
‘I am delighted that I can take part in the skydive and give back to the NHS.’
To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/markclarksskydive.