ONE of the challenges of being a small charity offering a quite unique service is spreading the word about what we do and how people affected by disability can benefit from Skiggle’s services.
In the two years since Skiggle became a registered charity, we’ve built up some great supporters – namely, people who have used and benefitted from our SOS alert service and marketplace to get hold of urgent disability care products and equipment. But we really need to reach those people who haven’t yet heard about us and who we could have made a difference to if they had known about the charity.
To that end, we’re delighted to introduce you to our very first ambassador – Mark Clougherty. Mark is a British Army veteran and a living, breathing example of Skiggle’s ethos of ‘life coming before disability.’ Mark is one of only 65 specially selected athletes to represent Team UK at the Invictus Games in The Hague in 2022 in both the wheelchair athletics and hand bike events. Medically discharged from the Army in 2013, Mark lives each day in constant pain as a result of a number of conditions, including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Rhabdomyolysis, affecting his legs and hips, as well as suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his time in Iraq.
Despite his injuries doing their best to hold him back, Mark is determined not to let them stop him from striving to reach the top of his game within the new area of disability sports. As part of his training regime for the Invictus Games, he’s going to be undertaking a challenge this summer to achieve the fastest journey across Ireland on a hand bike, a distance of 595km from Mizen Head to Malin Head – Ireland’s equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats – in under four days.
We’ll be very proud to have Skiggle’s branding on Mark’s training jerseys and will be updating everyone on his training progress on our website and socials in the run-up to his Ireland challenge and the Invictus Games. We’re passionate about Skiggle being able to support a varied demographic of people affected by all forms of disability, whether it is Armed Forces veterans like Mark to those with more complex special needs and profound disabilities.
Please do take a look at our website and help to support us in any way you can to make sure we’re always there when people need us: https://www.skiggle.co.uk.