On Thursday 17th October the volunteers at St Bees lifeboat station welcomed former 1st Queens Dragoon Guardsman Mark Newton to their station. Mark is on a “Round Britain” fundraising trip on his specially converted mobility scooter, visiting lifeboat stations on the way.
Mark suffered an injury to his leg in 1991 whilst attached to the United Nations in Cyprus. The leg deteriorated and in December 2009 with the help of various organisations, including The Royal British Legion, he got his mobility scooter.
Since then he has covered over 10,000 miles.
After being made redundant in 2010 Mark undertook a trip around Wales raising over £9000 for The Queens Dragoon Guards, Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion. Before the end of that trip Mark started planning his next adventure – this time touring round Britain adding the SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors Airmen and Families Association) and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) to his list of charities, saying; “The RNLI are in my eyes unsung heroes just
as the forces are.”
His trips are self-funded using the balance from his war pension and the generosity of the British people and Businesses.
Mark arrived in Cumbria earlier in the week along with his two cats, that have kept him company throughout his travels. He left Barrow RNLI on Thursday 16th October and stayed overnight in Millom, arriving at St Bees RNLI just after 4 pm on Friday. He left St Bees RNLI at 9 am on Saturday 18th October heading towards Workington RNLI, stopping at to raise money at Tesco’s on the way. His last stop in Cumbria will be Silloth RNLI on Sunday.
To support Marks charities go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/aroundbritian