Disabled veteran in 1,000 mile mobility scooter marathon

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A DISABLED war veteran will attempt to break the world record for a 1,000 mile journey on a mobility scooter next month.

Andy McIntosh, 42, from Strathaven will start his epic journey on May 5, hoping to break the record for “fastest journey from John-O’-Groats to Land’s End on an Electric Mobility Vehicle (individual)’.

The retired corporal will be piloting a “TGA Breeze” scooter with a maximum speed of 8mph the length of Britain over 16 days, attempting to smash the old record of 24 days and nine hours.

Mr McIntosh served in the Cheshire Regiment for 14 years, seeing action in Bosnia, Iraq and Northern Ireland, but was struck down by a rare inoperable vascular condition in 2008.

Andy on his scooter
Andy on his scooter

 

The condition severely affected his mobility, and in gratitude for the support he received from Poppy Scotland, SSAFA, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Erskine and Soldiers off the Streets, Andy will be raising funds for the military foundations.

Andy commented: “There have been a lot of tears since receiving the news that my condition is untreatable, but I am a man that never gives up.”

“I’ve been in some very dark places but I won’t let this beat me. This world record attempt will be a real challenge for sure, but gives me a focus to remain positive and ensures I can thank the charities that have been so supportive to my family and I.”

Stephen Shirres, Poppyscotland’s community fundraiser for the west of Scotland, said:

“Everyone at Poppyscotland wishes Andy the very best of luck with his ingenious and mammoth challenge. We were more than happy to support Andy when he and his family needed us and we are very grateful to him for raising money to help his fellow members of the Armed Forces community.

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