A former soldier travelling more than 11,000 miles around Britain on his mobility scooter to raise money for military charities spent time at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House.
Mark Newton, 48, of Swansea, previously served with the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards and was on duty with the United Nations in Cyprus when he injured his knee in 1991. Despite several operations, the damage to the former tank driver's knee meant his condition deteriorated to the point where he now needs to use a mobility scooter.
Keen to do something remarkable after being medically discharged, he launched a mammoth fundraising challenge. He plans to travel all over Britain on his mobility scooter, which only reaches a top speed of 8mph. The scooter pulls along a trailer which he sleeps in every night.
Throughout his journey, he plans to photograph and document Commonwealth War Graves, War Memorials, Lifeboat Graves and Memorials in Great Britain, of which there are more than 350,000.
His trek has so far raised more than £40,000 for Help for Heroes and other military charities.
Speaking at Tedworth House Recovery Centre, where he spent 5 days, he said: “Being able to spend time here, amongst the wounded members of our Armed Forces has been inspirational and has reinforced to me why I took on this incredible challenge to begin with. It has given me extra motivation and impetus to keep going.
“The blokes here are one of a kind. They have seen some of the worst things imaginable and have terrible injuries but they remain so positive and it is an honour to be raising money for Help for Heroes.”
Tedworth House centre manager Giles Woodhouse said: “There are so many ways to do your bit for our wounded heroes and Mark is an excellent example of somebody going above and beyond to raise money for Help for Heroes.
“It was a pleasure to host him at Tedworth House and we all wish him luck as he continues his amazing fundraising efforts.”
For more information on mark’s epic journey go to www.aroundbritain.org.uk and to find out how you can fundraise for Help for Heroes, see our Events & Fundraising pages.