One last challenge for Budleigh man to raise awareness

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 October 2015

Mark Paver and sister Nikki will be taking on the commando challenge for charity

Mark Paver and sister Nikki will be taking on the commando challenge for charity


A Budleigh Salterton man, who suffers pain all over his body, is taking on a gruelling assault course for one last challenge.

Mark Paver, 42, of Queen’s Road, who suffers with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is taking on the Commando Challenge at Woodbury Common on Saturday.

He hopes to raise awareness of his condition, which affects the sufferer’s whole body, increasing sensitivity to pain and causing problems with movement, fatigue and muscle stiffness.

Mark will also be running in memory of his friend and mentor Bill Sage, who died two years ago.

He has undertaken various charity challenges before, but he said this would be his last one.

Mark said: “Physically, this event will be a true, great, personal challenge to me and I believe this will be the last time I attempt anything like this again.

“I would not be able to participate in this day if it was not down to the great fantastic medical help and support that I have received from Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre, Budleigh Lions Club, my many friends and supportive family members.”

He will be joined by his sister, Nicola Paver, who is a nurse in the intensive care department of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The team, whose name is the Devon Dumplings, will be completed by Mark and Nikki’s friend, Katherine Perry, and Rachel Eason, who is a staff nurse at the hospital.

The group will meet at Bicton Arena at 8am, when a military vehicle will take them to Woodbury Common for its start time of 9.02am.

Mark and his team will then take on a four-kilometre military assault course, which includes going through water, mud and rat-runs to complete the challenge.

He will also be raising money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust. Anyone wishing to donate can email

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