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Former soldier who runs Bury St Edmunds outdoor survival is nominated for Soldiering On award




A former soldier who began his outdoor survival business earlier this year has been nominated for an award.

Mark Beckham, 46, runs outdoor survival skills at Rushbrooke.

He has been nominated in the Armed Forces Soldiering On awards which recognise inspirational people in the military.

Mark and his daughters Sophia and Lilly at the Rushbrooke Estate where he runs Natural Survivor, a business offering outdoor courses and skills. Picture Mark Westley. (5619443)
Mark and his daughters Sophia and Lilly at the Rushbrooke Estate where he runs Natural Survivor, a business offering outdoor courses and skills. Picture Mark Westley. (5619443)

Mark has been entered into the Business of the Year - Start-Up category.

He spent 28 years serving with the Royal Anglians and RAF and was medically discharged with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder .

As well as Natural Survivor he also runs courses for the military charity Help for Heroes, working with fellow service personnel who have been injured or suffer with PTSD.

He said: " I was really surprised when I heard I had been nominated.

"Things are going well and I have had some very positive feedback from people who have come on the outdoor courses."

Mark firmly believes that the outdoors can offer therapy and enable people to escape the stresses and strains of modern life.

He is planning to put together a package for Help for Heroes which will enable veterans to come to Bury St Edmunds and take part in outdoor skills and enjoy a taste of Bury.

His courses include bush craft and outdoor living, fire lighting, canoeing, expeditions in Sweden, family events and stag and hen parties.For more see www.naturalsurvivor.co.uk



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