Following recent completion of his epic 'Rally for Remembrance' fundraiser from John O'Groats to Land's End on a
TGA Mobility Scooter for Help for Heroes and the British Legion, Simon Angel MBE will be appearing on the TGA stand at this year's Mobility Roadshow - 1 July. (Stand B19, East of England Showground, Peterborough).
Simon Angel 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 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. He travelled the complete length of Britain on a mobility scooter kindly loaned by TGA Mobility in Suffolk, with assistance from Mick Weaving who drove the support vehicle which was provided by Sun Rent of Tunbridge Wells.
Simon completed this remarkable journey ahead of schedule and managed to travel the whole distance in just 30 days with the assistance of many members of the general public along the way. Simon explains: "The Rally for Remembrance was absolutely unbelievable for Mick and me. We met so many supportive and kind people en route who helped us in all respects from accommodation, free tent pitches to meals and donations. The Royal British Legion network was fantastic throughout our journey and I would like to thank all those individuals who supported me especially the RBL Bikers. The TGA Breeze 4 performed magnificently throughout the voyage and did not let me down once - an amazing piece of kit. We had no reliability issues and it kept me comfortable all the way down which is brilliant when you consider the distance travelled and the varied weather we encountered."
Simon continues: "There are simply too many highlights for me to mention about this recent journey however driving over the dramatic Cairngorms, paying my respects at the National Memorial Arboretum, passing through Wooten Bassett and obviously reaching Land's End really made an impact. To think the Rally for Remembrance may never have happened, as my other support guy Stephen Bartlett had to unfortunately return home on the first day, as his Father was taken seriously ill. April this year was one of the most memorable months of my whole life. I am delighted to have been invited to The Mobility Roadshow by TGA as this will be my first time at the event and I am looking forward to experiencing all it has to offer. With my donations currently just shy of 10,000, I hope to collect further funds whilst in Peterborough so fellow injured servicemen and women can enjoy a better quality of life."
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concludes: "The whole TGA team and I really admire Simon for his achievement and congratulate him on raising these donations to help injured troops. He is a remarkable individual
and has been a real Gentleman to deal with throughout the Rally for Remembrance. We are delighted that he will be appearing with us for the whole middle day of this year's Roadshow so he can relay his incredible story to visitors whilst increasing donations further."