Edge Hill University second year Educational Psychology student Mark Peers was named in the 2015 New Year Honours List in recognition of his services to charity. He has been awarded the BEM to acknowledge his charitable services through the Alder Hey Children’s Charity in Liverpool. During his time at Edge Hill, Mark has been awarded an On-Course Excellence Scholarship in Volunteering from the University.
Mark, who is from Maghull, Merseyside, first became involved with Alder Hey Children’s Charity almost 7 years ago, aged 15. He was a patient at Alder Hey hospital for some 20 years after being born with a cleft lip and palate and numerous other issues. As a baby Mark contracted the bone disease Osteomyelitis and after a number of surgeries, treatments and other procedures, had his right leg amputated in 2001 at just 8 years old.
Mark said: “I wanted to acknowledge what Alder Hey and its amazing staff have done for me and my family over the years and raise funds and awareness for this vital institution which cares for so many people. I am so proud to have been awarded a BEM for my work.”