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War Veteran Embarks On Epic Charity Journey

Disabled 42 year old war veteran Andy McIntiosh from Strathaven has made a 100 mile journey on a luxury 8mph TGA Breeze S4 GT mobility scooter, starting from Golden Sands Holiday Park in Cresswell, Northumberland along the Scottish east coast to reach his destination – The headquarters of Poppy Scotland in Edinburgh.

The 100 mile journey took place to help raise funds for three military charities – Poppy Scotland, The Soldiers Charity, previously known as Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) and Support for Soldiers and Military Families (SSAFA) bringing in donations on the 100th anniversary of World War I. Taking the retired army Corporal a total of three days to complete, Andy arrived in Endinburgh in time for Armistice Day.

Once completing the feat Andy said: “When I arrived at Poppy Scotland it was so emotional for me as all the charity’s staff were out to greet me along with children from an Edinburgh school and a large number of local workers.“A military piper also played as I drove in, which topped off this challenge perfectly.“Everyone I have met on this incredible journey has been so supportive and donated generously to my three chosen charities – I would like to thank each and every one of them.

Andy served in The Cheshire Regiment for 14 years, with experiences in Bosnia, Iraq and Northern Ireland. After retiring from the Army, the veteran received devastating news in 2008 as doctors discovered that he had a rare vascular condition which eventually caused severe mobility difficulties. Doctors had a potential solution to help Andy, with a 20 hour operation that would allow him to walk again, however, final results before the operation revealed that this would not be possible and would be fatal.

Andy said:

“There have been a lot of tears since receiving the news that I can’t be operated on, but I am a man that never gives up. I’ve been in some very dark places but I won’t let this beat me. While talking with my partner, I decided that I needed something to keep me focused and give me some self worth. Before I tackle John O’Groats to Land’s End next year on a mobility scooter in the shortest time ever, I have organised this 100-mile, 48-hour warm-up event to raise funds for Poppy Scotland, SSAFA, and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. These charities have done so much for my family and I so it is time to give something back. Despite my walking difficulties and health issues, I am determined to raise over £2,000 to help fellow disabled servicemen and women.”

He added:

“When I arrived at Poppy Scotland it was so emotional for me as all the charity’s staff were out to greet me along with children from an Edinburgh school and a large number of local workers.”

“A military piper also played as I drove in, which topped off this challenge perfectly.”

“Everyone I have met on this incredible journey has been so supportive and donated generously to my three chosen charities – I would like to thank each and every one of them.”

One Response to “War Veteran Embarks On Epic Charity Journey”

  1. sir I have just read about Andy great run .
    I live alone and with no living family with out my scooter,
    I would be house bound these cases ware help which I find hard to ask for served twice as long as Andy y years as Andy which means o one year or forty is all the same
    we served our county and so are meney is all the same I live in all town called Winborne in Dorset and I find if you take care the general public are very kind . BUt thay have the same rights as you I flowed a young lady with 2 kids at her speed after a while she saw me and said she was sorry
    I thank her and said it was fine on me to follow her at her speed. so all I can say is that these things people ares get is like ever thing a very small amount of users. …My dear old dad used to say to me treat outer people as you would like to be treated your would liked to be treated ..

    any way great JOB lads all I wish I was with you
    Good luck mate Bernard( .MC

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