Mark Thorley has fundraised from the age of six of his own accord, with the desire to raise money for projects that have a direct impact on children and families in the North East. As a result of his hard work over the last ten years, he has been recognised as a Champion Fundraiser in the upcoming Diana Awards.

Diana Awards are handed to courageous, caring and compassionate young people who are transforming the lives of others in the name of Diana, Princess of Wales. Holders share a deep sense of social responsibility; they could be giving up their time to mentor other students, a young carer, taking part in anti-bullying initiatives, fundraising or campaigning for a cause close to their heart. In Mark’s case, he has been working tirelessly to raise money in inventive and colourful ways (including getting covered in rainbow powder during the Colour Run!) and is truly a positive role model for adopted children.

Some of his other rewarding fundraising events include walking coast to coast following Hadrian’s Wall, which he completed last summer. As a result of his efforts, he has even been able to buy a tap for a small village in Swaziland to provide clean running water for less fortunate families.

Diana Award Winner Mark Thorley

Diana Award Winner Mark Thorley

Commenting on the award Mark said: “I am humbled to receive the Diana Award. For me, fundraising is a great way to provide much needed help to those who need it most. I am very lucky to have a supportive family that encourage me in everything I do.”

Mark’s mum Dr Wendy Thorley added: “I am incredibly proud of everything Mark has achieved over the last ten years. He has dedicated so much of his time to helping others and it is wonderful to see it acknowledged with this award.”

Peter Sandiford, CEO of PAC-UK said: “Wendy has been a champion for PAC-UK services over the years, especially our Education support services in the North. We are grateful for the Thorley’s support and congratulate Mark on his tremendous achievements.”

PAC-UK staff and supporters participate in a number of regular sporting and fundraising events each year. If you arrange your own event and would like to nominate PAC-UK to benefit from the proceeds, please do let us know! Recently we have been nominated by a couple getting married, and a couple entering into a civil partnership. Thank you so much for thinking of us at these key times in your life.