Eastbourne multiple sclerosis sufferer, James Pagram has recently completed a marathon mobility scooter journey across the South Downs in Sussex. Travelling at a maximum speed of eight miles an hour, James completed the 114-mile challenge on his mobility scooter, despite the handicap of secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. He has already raised over £7,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
James arrived on his mobility scooter at his destination Beachy Head just four days after leaving the BMI Hospital in Winchester, Hampshire on the 9th August 2013 with friends James McIntyre and Roger Mills, who accompanied him on his journey by bike. James, diagnosed with MS in 1988, had a successful 20-year career working in the City of London as an accountant. He continued his punishing daily schedule commuting on the 6am train from Eastbourne to London up until 2003, when his debilitating illness caused him to take early retirement.
Multiple Sclerosis means James suffers every day with a lack of mobility and increased fatigue and his mobility scooter has been a God send. Undoubtedly as was witnessed by the world during the London 2012 Paralympics, an unquenchable human spirit is required to reach and attain great sporting triumphs, whether in the Olympic Stadium in Stretford, East London or the more sedentary South Downs in Sussex. But for all the training, supreme willpower and determination, only the great strides made in technology make it all possible.
Few of us will ever achieve greatness on the Olympic track, but in everyday life a whole generation of elderly, infirm and disabled people have been liberated from a life of misery, pain, seclusion and isolation by the invention of the mobility scooter!!