With the support of TGA Mobility and British Legion members from Peterborough, Simon Angel MBE has now raised over 15k for injured troops from his 900-mile TGA mobility scooter challenge during April and his recent appearance at the Mobility Roadshow (30th June, 1st and 2nd July, East of England Showground, Peterborough).
Simon Angel, aged 46 from Pembury, was a member of the Royal Engineers for 22 years and has served all around the world with front line experience in Northern Ireland and during the Gulf War, which lead to an MBE from The Queen in 2000. During a period of convalescence at Tyrwhitt House where he was treated for Combat Stress, he conceived the idea of his 'Rally for Remembrance' whilst talking to fellow ex-military personnel. Simon now lives with severe MS triggered by his wartime traumas however his medical condition did not hold him back from completing this remarkable achievement. During April this year, he travelled the complete length of Britain on a mobility scooter kindly loaned by TGA Mobility and raised nearly 10k for The Royal British Legion (RBL) and another military charity. Simon completed this remarkable journey ahead of schedule and managed to travel the whole distance in just 30 days. Since April, Simon has continued to collect donations and following his recent appearance at The Mobility Roadshow, his charitable funds have now topped 15k.
Simon explains: "TGA invited the Royal British Legion and myself along to the Mobility Roadshow as they felt my Rally for Remembrance and the charity's invaluable work would be of great interest to the many visitors who attend the event. Throughout the whole endeavor back in April, I would say that myself and my support vehicle driver were not the heroes, it was the RBL members who were fantastic the whole voyage and of course my trusty TGA Breeze 4 Mobility Scooter. Considering the challenging terrain and weather we encountered from John O'Groats to Land's End, plus my medical condition, I was extremely impressed with the reliability and comfort of the Breeze, as it didn't break down once. Travelling up to 34 miles per day on one charge and completing a grueling 900 miles with only one puncture - if you are looking for a scooter that has passed an extreme product test with flying colour - this is it! Whilst sitting back on my TGA Breeze 4 at the Roadshow, with its body molding specially sprayed in my Regiment's colours, all the memories came flooding back as I relayed my experiences to the visiting public. I would like to thank both TGA Mobility and the RBL for all their support during the Rally for Remembrance. Without their help I'm pretty sure the challenge would never have become a reality and these funds would never have been achieved. It was a real pleasure working with them all and I am already thinking about my next challenge to raise money for fellow injured service men and women."
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director comments: "I continue to admire both Simon Angel and the RBL in terms of their positive and get-up-and-go attitudes. Without their vital efforts, many valued war veterans would not be able to experience rehabilitation or improved quality of life which is so important for all concerned. Along with Simon and his wife, we were delighted to welcome all the RBL volunteers from the Peterborough branch to our joint outside stand
this year and to meet Judith Armstrong (RBL Eastern Regional Fundraising Manager). Inside the main exhibition hall, our main stand was as busy as ever with high levels of interest in our product showcase which included the new version of the mobility scooter, which delivered 100 reliability to Simon - the TGA Breeze S4. A great show all round and I wish the very best of luck to Simon and the RBL with their continued fundraising activities."
Judith Armstrong, RBL Eastern Regional Fundraising Manager concludes: "It never ceases to amaze me how people like Simon come up with these wonderful ideas to raise money for the Royal British Legion. It really is amazing that with health problems of his own, he is still prepared to spend time and a great deal of effort raising funds that will be used to support many of those returning from Afghanistan that request help from the Royal British Legion. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Mobility Roadshow this year and meeting Simon face-to-face - he is a true inspiration to us all."