A disabled veteran will be passing through the Fylde coast next week on his mission to set a new world record.
Andy McIntosh, from Strathaven, near Glasgow, is currently attempting to beat the record for the “fastest journey from John-O’-Groats to Land’s End on an electric mobility vehicle (individual).”
He will be coming through Wyre on day nine of his challenge, on May 13, on the 70-mile stretch from Kendal to Southport.
He will ride along the A6 in Garstang, before heading through Preston.
Andy served in The Cheshire Regiment as a corporal for 14 years – experiencing frontline action in Bosnia, Iraq and Northern Ireland.
He retired from the Army fully fit to pursue a new career, but in 2008 he discovered he had a very rare and inoperable vascular condition, leaving his circulation and mobility is severely restricted.
Andy and his young family have been supported by several military charities – and this world record attempt will aim to raise donations to say thank you for their invaluable assistance. The money he raises will go to Poppy Scotland, SSAFA, ABF The Soldier’s Charity, Erskine and Soldiers off the Streets.
Andy, 42, will be aiming to drive a TGA Breeze the length of Britain and beat the current world record time for this journey, which currently stands at 24 days and nine hours.
His target is to complete the challenge in less than 16 days and has strategically planned the route to maximise speed and safety.
TGA Mobility – mobility scooter specialist based in Suffolk, is loaning him an 8mph Breeze S4 GT with extra wider rear wheels and heavy-duty batteries – the same model which won the BBC Top Gear Extreme Mobility Scooter challenge.
Andy said: “There have been a lot of tears since receiving the news my condition is untreatable, but I am a man who 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, but gives me a focus to remain positive and ensures I can thank the charities which have been so supportive to my family and I, and raise funds to help fellow disabled servicemen and women.”
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