Sep 28 2012 by Rachel Cummins, Liverpool Echo
AN INSPIRATIONAL team raising money for injured veterans took time out of their gruelling 32 day challenge to visit Mersey schoolchildren.
The four strong group includes Mark Ormrod, a former Royal Marines Commando who lost three limbs while serving in Afghanistan.
The Tour de Forces team are running and cycling 3,000 miles around the coast of Britain to raise money for four service charities.
Team leader and cyclist Paul Shearsby, 24, from North Devon, said: “I came up with the idea because my dad was a Royal Marine for 32 years. It’s nice to know that if anything was to happen there is support and care.
“We cover up to 80 miles a day, so it’s whiped the floor with us. It’s mad, but I wanted to do something different and extreme, to ensure we would raise good money.”
Kingsmead School, in Hoylake, which has a long-standing connection with the armed forces, welcomed the team to a roar of applause, before they were greeted by the Mayor of Wirral Gerry Ellis.
Headteacher Mark Gibbons, 41 and from Zimbabwe, said: “They are a fantastic example of how you should live life to the full, despite adversity. The children are really engaged in their fundraising and have become very inspired to achieve. It’s fantastic to be involved”
Angus Kemp, a year 9 pupil, said: “Today is so special. They served our country and we are so proud of them. Everyone is talking about it around school and it has created such a buzz. Seeing them today has been very inspiring and I would definitely like to get involved in charity work for the forces in the future.”
The team finish their extraordinary trip in Plymouth on October 6.