Andy goes cross-coun­try... by scooter

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS - He­len John­son

ADISABLED war vet­eran is try­ing to set a new world record by trav­el­ling from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a mo­bil­ity scooter.

For­mer Army Cor­po­ral Andy McIn­tosh, 42, will at­tempt to tackle the mam­moth 1,000-mile jour­ney in just 16 days – eight days faster than the cur­rent record.

Andy, who re­cently moved to Scot­land from Heaton Moor, Stock­port, will travel be­tween 45 and 74 miles each day, de­spite hav­ing an ex­tremely rare med­i­cal con­di­tion which af­fects his cir­cu­la­tion and mo­bil­ity. Andy has a vas­cu­lar con­di­tion that means his veins are blocked from the waist down and the main vein that car­ries blood back to his heart from his legs has dis­in­te­grated.

His con­di­tion is so rare that he be­lieves he is the only per­son in the coun­try who has it.

The re­tired cor­po­ral, who served on the front line in Bos­nia, Iraq and North­ern Ire­land dur­ing 14 years with the Cheshire Reg­i­ment, is tak­ing on the chal­lenge to raise money for sev­eral mil­i­tary char­i­ties, in­clud­ing Poppy Scot­land, SSAFA, ABF The Sol­diers’ Char­ity, Ersk­ine and Sol­diers off the Streets.

Andy said: “There have been a lot of tears since re­ceiv­ing the news that my con­di­tion is un­treat­able, 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.

“This world record at­tempt will be a real chal­lenge for sure, but gives me a fo­cus to re­main pos­i­tive and en­sures I can thank the char­i­ties that have been so sup­port­ive to my fam­ily and I.”

The char­ity TGA Mo­bil­ity has loaned Andy an 8mph Breeze S4 GT scooter, a model which has ex­tra wide rear wheels and heavy duty bat­ter­ies, and has pre­vi­ously won the BBC Top Gear Ex­treme Mo­bil­ity Scooter chal- lenge. Andy, who will set off on Tues­day, May 5, has al­ready com­pleted a 100mile jour­ney on the scooter in aid of mil­i­tary char­i­ties last year.

He added: “De­spite my walk­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and health is­sues, I am de­ter- mined to com­plete this epic jour­ney and raise funds to help fel­low dis­abled servicemen and women.

“I am so ap­pre­cia­tive of TGA loan­ing me such a sturdy scooter, I know I will have peace of mind when it comes to re­li­a­bil­ity. I have com­plete faith in my own de­ter­mi­na­tion and the re­li­a­bil­ity of the Breeze.”

Find a link to Andy’s spon­sor­ship page at face­book. com/ an­drewm­cin­toshjogle2015.

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