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Mark’s 25 in 25 fundraising challenge

This July, Foothold supporter Mark Spry will be taking on an epic sponsored reading challenge to raise funds to support engineers and their families around the globe.

Engineer Mark Spry medically retired from a thirty-year career in the water industry and with Transport for London (TfL) after becoming disabled by Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2019. MND is a condition that affects the brain and nerves, it causes weakness that gets progressively worse over time.

As Mark came to terms with his diagnosis, he had to implement some big life changes. This included moving to a new home and adapting it to be wheelchair friendly. Foothold supported Mark during this time and contributed financially to help ensure his needs now and in the future would be met.

Mark is embarking on a sponsored reading challenge to raise funds and thank you to Foothold and the Motor Neurone Disease Association who have also supported Mark.

Mark said:

“I really wanted to do something to give back and say thank you. I’ve appreciated the support of both charities and want to ensure they can help others like me. I’ve challenged myself to read all 25 titles by the engineer-novelist, mariner and aviator Nevil Shute in 25 weeks. This is some serious reading; I’ll have to complete a book a week to reach my target. Once I’ve completed my challenge, I’ll donate the entire set to the IET library so other engineers can enjoy the famous books.”

Foothold’s Fundraising Manager Fliss Rook said:

“We were so pleased to be able to support Mark to settle into his new home following his diagnosis. The adaptations were vital to maintaining Mark’s independence and mobility. Foothold supports members of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) and the engineering community around the world. We rely on donations, fundraising and gifts in wills to fund our work so Mark’s support is greatly appreciated. We wish Mark the very best of luck with his challenge.”

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