Disabled war veteran completes challenge

Andy McIntosh in Cresswell at the start of his challenge.

Andy McIntosh in Cresswell at the start of his challenge.

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A retired Army Corporal living with severe mobility difficulties braved the elements to raise money for three military charities.

Andy McIntosh, 42, drove a TGA Breeze mobility scooter 100 miles from Cresswell to Edinburgh over a period of three days to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War. The funds collected will go to SSAFA, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Poppy Scotland.

He experienced front-line action in Bosnia, Iraq and Northern Ireland and he retired from the Army fully fit to pursue a new career, however in 2008 he received devastating news.

Doctors discovered he had a very rare vascular condition that was increasingly affecting his circulation. This resulted in Andy coming to terms with a lifestyle governed by disability.

Nevertheless, he regained his verve for life and was delighted with the support he received during his ‘emotional’ challenge.

Andy said: “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.

“I’d also like to thank both the scooter manufacturer TGA and the local retailer Klyde Mobility for all their support. Without these guys this wouldn’t have been possible.

“The TGA Breeze was an absolute dream machine. It was so supportive for my back and even after the longest leg of 56 miles, I still felt so refreshed.”

For more information and to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Mcintosh42