A 47-year-old man’s charity challenge around Britain on a mobility scooter stopped off to a warm welcome from residents in Mablethorpe.
Mark Newton from Swansea began his charity crusade alongside the company of his two cats, Missy and Smudge who travel with him in Lochgilphead, Scotland on April 7 after deciding to raise money for five worthy charities.
These charities which have helped him during his time of need and are close to his heart include The Queens Dragoon Guards (Mark’s old regiment), SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and the RNLI lifeboats.
Mark sustained a serious injury to his right leg which deteriorated in 2009 when he was attached to the United Nations in Cyprus, leaving him with walking difficulties.
Following this he received a further blow of becoming redundant in August 2010 and wanted to do something worthwhile with his time, rather than just sitting around and doing nothing.
He has already completed a trip around Wales, raising funds for charity in 2011.
Mark said: “After being made redundant, the last thing I wanted to do was to sit around and do nothing, I wanted to do something that made a difference.
“I really enjoyed my time in Mablethorpe and I have met some lovely people here.
“It was a good result all round and I even had the time to catch up on watching some Rugby.
“I received such a great welcome in Mablethorpe, and it was quite embarrassing, but lovely all the same.”
Mark has so far raised over £17,000 towards the five charities he is raising funds for.
To follow Mark on the rest of his journey, keep up to date on where he is heading next via his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aroundbritain1.
Or if you would like to donate towards his charitable cause, visit his justgiving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/aroundbritain.
Mark is currently heading towards Holbeach.