A HERO Marine thought pals were pranking him when he heard he was being made an MBE.
Triple amputee Mark Ormrod, 37, was told last week — ten years after giving his wheelchair “to someone who needed it”.
Mark, of Plymouth, said: “When the letter came to tell me about my MBE I honestly thought it was a prank.
“Coming from a military background I know the lads will go to extraordinary lengths for a bit of banter. It was just surreal as I had no warning it might happen.
“I looked again at the envelope and letter head and I finally worked out that no-one could go to such lengths to play a joke on me.
“When I finally realised it was legit we were all over the moon as a family.
“My feeling is one of immense gratitude. You don’t work with a charity for recognition. You do it because you are passionate about it.
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“And in a selfish way it makes you feel good by doing some good – and that is the reward.”
The married dad of three, blown up in Afghanistan in 2007, celebrated with a Texas BBQ pizza. He is in advanced talks over a Hollywood film of his life.
Mark said: “We told the kids daddy’s going to get a medal from The Queen. They can’t wait.”
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