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TGA Supports 239 miles Bertie Bear charity wheelchair walk in aid of injured Grenadier Guards

10th August, 2010

TGA is delighted to announce it will be loaning a brand new Breeze 4 scooter and NuDrive system to wheelchair-user Darren Heaton who is tackling a 10-day charity walk from Glossop near Manchester to Wellington Barracks, London, 14th - 23rd September 2010, in aid of several military charities.

Darren Heaton is a passionate individual who despite a spinal injury and a heart condition has been planning this fundraising event for over a year. Raising funds for several charities that include The Grenadier Guards Colonel's Fund, SSAFA, St. Dunstans and The Poppy Appeal, Darren will be attempting the 239-mile route from his hometown to the home of the Grenadier Guards in central London. It is planned that upon his arrival members of the regiment will be there to congratulate him on completing his journey along with a military band. Accompanying Darren during this event will be Bertie Bear who is the official Mascot of the Grenadier Guards. Bertie Bear regularly travels around the world in association with raising funds for injured servicemen and has recently returned from Afghanistan.

Darren and Bertie's journey to Wellington Barracks is being made possible by a Breeze 4 mobility scooter from TGA and a Ford C-Max support vehicle supplied by Evans Halshaw, Glossop. Each of the ten stages down to London is approximately 20 miles, which will be no problem for the TGA Breeze 4 as this is well within range of a single battery charge. Celebrities who are currently confirmed to be supporting Darren's effort include Eddie Kidd (the ex-stunt motorcyclist) and Nigel Gifford OBE (high altitude climber and explorer).

Darren and Bertie's route is currently planned as follows -

14th - 23rd September 2010
Stage 1. 14th - 9:00am Dep. War Memorial, central Glossop (nr. Manchester) - 5:00pm Arr. Buxton (nr. Macclesfield)

Stage 2. 15th - 9:00am Dep. Buxton - 5:00pm Arr. Ashbourne
(nr. Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Stage 3. 16th - 9:00am Dep. Ashbourne - 5:00pm Arr. Burton-on-Trent
Stage 4. 17th - 9:00am Dep. Burton-on-Trent - 5:00pm Arr. Norton Juxta (nr. Leicester)
Stage 5. 18th - 9:00am Dep. Norton Juxta - 5:00pm Arr. Lilbourne (nr. Rugby)
Stage 6. 19th - 9:00am Dep. Lilbourne - 5:00pm Arr. Pattershall (nr. Northampton)
Stage 7. 20th - 9:00am Dep. Pattershall - 5:00pm Arr. Bletchley area TBC
Stage 8. 21st - 9:00am Dep. Bletchley area TBC - 5:00pm Arr. Markyate (nr. Aylesbury)
Stage 9. 22nd - 9:00am Dep. Markyate - 5:00pm Arr. Radlett (nr. Enfield)
Stage 10. 23rd - 9:00am Dep. Radlett - 4:00pm Arr. Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London SW1

schedule is subject to change

When asked about his chosen charities, Darren Heaton explained, 'My son, Chris Heaton, is a serving Grenadier Guard who has recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Whilst out there he unfortunately lost comrades during engagements with the Taliban and witnessed injuries to close friends. With such a personal connection, this has led me to attempt this 239-mile journey to raise money for injured British troops, especially the Grenadier Guards who have close links with the four charities I have chosen. As a wheelchair user, the challenge ahead is a little daunting however I am determined to complete the journey to show my determination in supporting the UK soldiers who put their lives at risk everyday to make the world a safer place for us all.'

Tim Ross, TGA's National Sales Manager who is providing the mobility scooter for Darren commented, 'TGA is always keen to support a charity initiative that will make a real difference. Darren is indeed a very determined individual and we are delighted to be helping his efforts with the loan of the Breeze 4. The TGA Breeze 4 is renowned for reliability, performance and comfort and should provide Darren with the smoothest ride possible to London. When he needs assistance with manual propulsion, he can transfer to his wheelchair, which we have fitted with TGA NuDrive levers, again to make his experience as easy as possible. He will have our support and best wishes throughout the whole journey.'

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This article is now featured in the Manchester evening news and the Sun newspaper

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