Meet the veteran scooting 11,000 miles around the UK for SSAFA

13 October 2015

Meet the veteran scooting 11,000 miles around the UK for SSAFA

Former army corporal Mark Newton has taken to driving more than 11,000 miles around the UK on his mobility scooter to raise money for SSAFA to help his old comrades.


Mark's military career was cut short by a leg injury he sustained whilst attached to the United Nations in Cyprus in 1991. By 2009 his condition had deteoriated so much that walking was extremely difficult and getting around was a struggle.

SSAFA arranged for Mark to get a mobility scooter and it gave him a renewed lease of life. So now he is raising money to give something back. Mark might only be able to reach speeds of up to eight miles an hour on his journey but the 48-year-old from Loughor has set fundraising targets much higher. He set off from Loch Gilphead in Scotland in April last year and has so far travelled over 17,300 miles and raised more than £53,032.

But Mark isn't travelling alone, his two cats Missy and Smudge are on the road with him and he is stopping off at every war memorial along the way to pay his respects.

 

The money raised by Mark will be donated to SSAFA, The Royal British Legion, 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards, the RNLI and Help for Heroes. To find out more about Mark and make a donation you can visit his fundraising page.