2173. Mark Bowra
Mark Bowra MBE, from Dorset, is a veteran who set up ‘Bowra Foundation’ in 2019 after a major stroke left him paralysed on his right hand side.
In 2014, Mark was at the height of his career as a decorated officer in the UK Special Forces, when he suffered a major stroke whilst driving back from London, leaving him without the ability to walk, talk, read and write. Mark spent a year recovering in hospital, with the help of family, friends and supportive charities before going on to recover and participate in the Invictus Games in 2016 and 2017. His experience left him with a determination to help others suffering from similar conditions, and inspired him to set up the charity.
Through the ‘Bowra Foundation’, Mark works with partners and healthcare practitioners, to issue “Bowra Bags”, packs containing items that aid rehabilitation, communication and independence for people with neurological disorders. He also works closely with the Armed Forces community to support rehabilitation through challenges, social interaction and physical activity, as well as providing practical help for people recovering from brain injuries.
Mark received his award from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs at a Parliamentary Veterans’ Reception.
(Mark is pictured with the Veterans Minister, Rt Hon Johnny Mercer MP. Picture by Office for Veterans Affairs)
Congratulating Mark on his award, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Rt Hon Johnny Mercer MP, said:
“Mark has contributed selflessly to members of the Armed Forces community by providing help and support, alongside engaging activities, for people recovering from brain injuries.
“It is people like Mark who represent the camaraderie of our community, and I am pleased his contributions are being recognised today with this Point of Light Award.”
“It is a huge honour to be receiving this award. All the work carried out by the foundation would not be possible without the support of our fantastic team of workers and volunteers – I can’t thank them enough.”
Find out more about ‘Bowra Foundation’