Travelling on a TGA Mobility scooter for over 30 days, 46-year-old war veteran with MS Simon Angel MBE from Kent, has completed his remarkable 874-mile 'Rally for Remembrance' ahead of schedule from John O'Groats to Land's End and has raised nearly 10,000 in aid of Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.
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 in 2000. During a period of convalescence at Tyrwhitt House where he was treated for Combat Stress, he conceived the idea of this challenge 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 explains: "The last 30 days have been absolutely unbelievable for Mick and me. We have met many supportive and kind people along the way who have helped us in all respects from accommodation, free tent pitches to meals and donations. The Royal British Legion network has been fantastic throughout our journey and I would like to thank all those individuals who supported me especially the RBL Bikers. The TGA Breeze 4 has 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 concludes: "There are simply too many highlights for me to mention on this 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. Hence with all the logistics to manage by himself, Mick has been like a 'rock' for me on this challenge and I couldn't have achieved it without him. This past month has been one of the most memorable for me in my whole life and the final donations which hopefully should top 10k, will help fellow injured servicemen and woman who are the true heroes in this story."
Tim Ross, TGA Sales Manager concludes, "The whole TGA team and I really admire Simon for his achievement and congratulate him on raising these donations to help injured troops. Throughout the whole time we have been in contact with Simon, he has always remained positive and focused on the purpose of this fundraiser - he is a remarkable individual. In terms of our support, TGA has been delighted to be involved and the fact that our Breeze 4 mobility scooter delivered 100 reliability throughout the 874-mile journey was no surprise."
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