We talk about kindness and its ripple effects frequently in College but it is always inspiring when we can see a practical demonstration of this from our students.
Aiden Taylor in Year 11 was inspired by local hero, Royal Marines Commando Mark Ormrod. Mark was out on a routine foot patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan when he stepped on and triggered an Improvised Explosive Device. He woke up three days later in the UK with both legs amputated above the knee and his right arm amputated above the elbow. He was the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict. Mark has since won two gold medals in the Invictus Games and has dedicates a significant amount of his time to raising money for charity.
Aiden in his spare time designs and makes bespoke Lego models and wanted to do something kind for this inspirational athlete. So he did what he does best and made a Mark replica from some designs he found on Instagram.
In a tweet Mark said:
This simple act of kindness has gone viral and Mark in a Radio Devon interview said how much this had meant to him. Lego themselves have also retweeted his post commenting “There are no limits to what the imagination and heart can build, everything is awesome, especially Aiden!”
You can listen to Mark’s interview thanking Aiden here:
Well done Aiden we are very proud of you.