Mark Stoddart

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Author facts:
1. Mark was once asked to make a life-sized bronze sculpture of a Model T Ford. It is on display in Cameron Square in Fort William and you can even climb in and pretend to drive it!

The sculpture was commissioned to commemorate an amazing publicity stunt that took place in 1911. Henry Alexander, Scotland’s first dealer of the American car company Ford wanted to assure customers the Ford brand was of higher superiority to hand-crafted British cars. He ordered his son, Henry Alexander Jr, to drive a Model T from the foot of Ben Nevis to the peak.

2. In 2004 Mark was invited to help the South African government and Nelson Mandela raise money by attending a special auction for the HIV Paediatric Foundation. Mark donated a Hippo Dining table plus matching chairs, which raised 170,000 rand in the auction. The Hippo now sits happily in a game lodge in South Africa looking out onto its own homeland.

3. Mark is Global Ambassador for many non-profit charities including Dyslexia Scotland, Bali Dyslexia and Dyslexia Kenya.

4. Mark has an Amphicar – a car that can be used on roads and in the water. After owning it for 21 years he lovingly restored it and launched it in Loch Awe during 2013.

More about Mark
Co-author with Katrin McElderry of Making a Mark! – Discovering the Power of Neurodiversity on a Learning Safari.

The book is inspired by the life and artwork of Mark, whose life really has been safari-like. Struggling with dyslexia and related learning differences, he never thought his life would amount to anything. Everything changed once Mark became equipped with the tools and experiences that released his potential and built his confidence.

Mark has made it his mission to raise awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding the disorder and do all he can to ensure children everywhere receive fair opportunities for learning.