British Army veteran who was discharged following injury in Kenya to start Tour de Gwent

Mark ‘Dot’ Perkins
Mark ‘Dot’ Perkins (left) at the 2018 Invictus Games. Photo: Instagram/dottie264

A British Army veteran whose service career ended when he was seriously injured on manoeuvers in Kenya 18 years ago will be starting and taking part in this Sunday’s Whitehead Tour de Gwent cycling event in aid of Newport-based St David’s Hospice Care.

Mark ‘Dot’ Perkins, who is also Team UK’s Invictus Games team captain, was crushed by a lorry in an accident in Kenya which some of his colleagues did not survive.

Injured and medically discharged from the army in 2005 after 11 years’ service, the former Corporal retrained as a physiotherapist and entered the Invictus Games after being persuaded to by one of his patients.

On Sunday, the 43-year-old Royal Corp of Signals veteran will be joined by as many as 10 members of the crack UK Warrior Team who will be using the cycling event as training for their games in America in June 2019.

Franca Nigro, of St David’s Hospice Care who is organising the Whitehead Tour de Gwent, said: “Dot is a real hero and we’re honoured that he has not only agreed to start the Whitehead Tour de Gwent but will be taking part in the event.”

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