Disabled ex-Army Corporal breaks world record in aid of SSAFA

26 May 2015

Disabled ex-Army Corporal breaks world record in aid of SSAFA

Andy McIntosh, 42 from Strathaven near Glasgow, is a disabled former Army Corporal who has just achieved a new world record by driving a mobility scooter from John O'Groats to Land's End in the shortest time ever.

On 20th May 2015, Andy McIntosh achieved the "Fastest journey from John O'Groats to Land's End on an Electric Mobility Vehicle (individual)" 1,000 miles in 16 days 8 hours. Pending final ratification by Guinness World Records, this epic achievement by Andy has beaten the current record, which stood at 24 days and 9 hours, by an incredible 8 days 1 hour.

Originally from Manchester and retiring from the Army fully fit, Andy discovered in 2008 he had a highly rare and inoperable vascular condition. In simplistic terms, Andy's blood circulation is severely restricted as a large number of his veins and arteries have disintegrated. This has resulted in Andy's ability to walk being extremely limited.

Andy achieved this new world record to raise donations for several military charities that have supported him including SSAFA, Poppy Scotland, ABF The Soldiers' Charity, Erskine and Soldiers off the Streets.

Andy began his challenge on the 5th May 2015 when he left John O'Groats driving an 8mph Breeze S4 GT mobility scooter loaned and supported by TGA. Two Klyde Mobility engineers, a Scottish TGA retailer, met Andy in a support vehicle at specific locations along the route for technical check-ups and battery changes. At Gretna Green, Alan Stobo, a retired Territorial Army Officer and friend of Andy, took over the support role all the way down to Land's End.

Andy has driven the complete length of Britain first tackling the Scottish Highlands and Cairngorms, down into northwest England, through the Midlands, past the Cotswolds and then finishing in the county of Cornwall.

On completion of this inspirational journey Andy commented: 'The last 16 days have been breath-taking for me' I have seen such amazing and varied scenery and met some remarkable people. My time on the road has gone so quick. I would like to thank everyone who has made this new world record possible especially TGA who loaned me the scooter, Klyde Mobility, Park's Motor Group, Yuasa Batteries, Interstadia and Maritime Transport."

To donate please visit Andys' fundraising page.