Challenge fundraiser

720. Jack Marshall (Doncaster)

Jack Marshall, from Doncaster, was born with Moebius Syndrome, an extremely rare congenital neurological disorder.

Despite his condition, Jack is determined to help others and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for various charities through a series of challenges. These have included skydiving, completing Africa’s biggest road race the Great Ethiopian Run and even climbing Mount Snowdon with the cast of Emmerdale.

Jack has also inspired others through his involvement with National Citizen Service and is their national Social Inclusion Ambassador encouraging young people across the country to sign up.

Jack is currently training to climb Ben Nevis in aid of blood cancer charity, Bloodwise.

In a personal letter to Jack, Prime Minister Theresa May said: 

“From Africa’s biggest road race, to climbing Mount Snowdon, the tens of thousands of pounds you have raised for charity during your gruelling challenges have raised the profile of important causes. Through these efforts and your work with National Citizen Service you have inspired others. You should be enormously proud of your achievements.”

Jack said: 

“I am honoured to receive this award from the Prime Minister. I have been fundraising for 12 years and get so much satisfaction from knowing that I am making a difference to the lives of so many people. I don’t enjoy some of the physical tasks in fact it hurts but I am sponsored and nothing will stop me from completing my challenges and collecting my sponsorship money. I also get an amazing feeling of personal achievement when each quest is completed. I couldn’t do it on my own and thank everyone that helps me especially my sister Jaimie who is always by my side.” 

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