Mark Jackson works in the Staff Development department of Praxis Care as a Trainer. The job involves him training staff from throughout the charity.
As Praxis Care has 80 separate projects and 1,200 staff and is based throughout Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and England, this is a very demanding position.
Mark has just started the post since the beginning of 2013 and the job involves a considerable amount of travel.
Prior to working in Staff Development, Mark had been a staff supervisor in the Praxis Care Secret Garden in Hillsborough, Co Down.
The Secret Garden provides a training placement for 18 people with learning disability and this is offered in the Victorian Walled Garden and the coffee shop.
Through his work in the Secret Garden, Mark has gained a better understanding of the potential therapeutic benefits of horticulture for adults with a learning disability, as well as marginally enhancing his own knowledge of geraniums and daffodils!!
Outside of work Mark loves rock music and is a major fan of Belfast punk band Stiff Little Fingers, making the annual pilgrimage to see them in the Ulster Hall!
When he is not pogoing to “Alternative Ulster” Mark loves hillwalking to clear his head.
In August 2012, Mark took part in the first Praxis Care walk challenge to the twin peaks of Corran Tuahail (Co Kerry) and Slieve Donard (Newcastle).
He regularly goes out walking with other keen Praxis Care walkers as part of the unofficial Praxis Care walking group.
In 2013 Mark has set himself the target of completing both the new Praxis Care Three peaks Challenge to Lugnaquilla (Co Wicklow), Mweelrea (Co Mayo) and Corrain Tuathill (Co Kerry)
In addition, he will be taking a coast to coast walk of England which is 192 miles which passes through three contrasting national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park. In 2004 the walk was named as the second best walk in the world according to a survey of experts. The walk will begin on Sunday 7th July and completed on Wednesday 17th.
“The Praxis Care Three Peaks Challenge is a great opportunity for individuals to visit and climb the three highest mountains in Ireland and raise much needed funds for Praxis Care.
All monies raised from the event will go towards supporting Praxis Care’s fantastic work in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and England for vulnerable adults and children.
I am delighted to be able to help this great charity as well as achieve a number of personal goals as well as get fit!”
Praxis Care is running a Three Peaks Challenge on 23 – 26th August 2013.
Individuals are being asked to climb Lugnaquilla (Co Wicklow), Mweelrea (Co Mayo) and Corran Tuathail (Co Kerry) over the course of the weekend.
Individuals need to raise £699 / €838 and this covers the cost of transport, food and accommodation for four days.
Praxis Care is a leading charity providing care and support for adults and children with learning disabilities, mental ill health and acquired brain injury.
For more information about the Praxis Care Three Peaks Challenge visit the Praxis Care website www.praxiscare.org.uk or call Praxis Care on 00 44 28 90 234555.
Mark Jackson (2rd from right) completing his 192 mile coast to coast walkShare with ....