A man who was born without hands or feet - and was told he would never walk - is to take part in the Morrison’s Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield tomorrow.
Mark Green, from Brinsworth, Rotherham, is taking part in the 10k race to raise cash for The Children’s Hospital Charity - after spending 13 years of his childhood undergoing surgery to rebuild his hands and feet.
The 36-year-old was born with a ball of clustered bones beneath a thick layer of skin at the bottom of his arms and legs, which didn’t developed into hands and feet when he was in the womb.
But over the years his limbs were reconstructed and he has now has full use of them and is able to work as a plumber.
Mark said: “Independence is everything and being able to do things for yourself is so amazing and so I’m very thankful that the hospital has fixed me. I would have been stuck without my hands and feet and it’s made things a lot easier on my mum and dad too.
“I don’t think that anything I do to give back to the hospital will be enough of a thank you. They have moulded me into what I am. I can do anything now. I can run, so I’m going to run to thank them.”
Money he raises in sponsorship will help build a new wing at The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield, which will boast private patient bedrooms, an outpatients department, giant play tower and a secure outdoor courtyard.
Mark will be joined in the race by 89-year-old Graham Bell, from Sheffield, who will be running for the Royal Society for the Blind.
It will be the sixth time he has taken part in the race since 2007.
He is one of SRSB’s longest serving volunteers, spending his time carrying out office work, guiding, collecting cash and raising sponsorship.
The race starts on Arundel Gate and takes runners to Hillsborough and back.