Mobility Marathon Man Reaches South Dorset
9:28am 19th May 2014
(Updated 5:55pm 23rd May 2014)
He's raised £28,000 traveling around Britain with his cats on his mobility scooter, and now Mark Newton will pass through Dorset!
The former soldier, age 48, left Wales in April 2013 on an 11,000 mile trip to raise money for fives charities; the RNLI, 1st The Queens Dragon Guards, Help for Heroes, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and The Royal British Legion.
Mark, who pulls a trailer behind him to sleep in, spoke to Wessex FM about his epic journey, "It's a bit bonkers! After losing my job, three of the charities helped me in the past and it was my way of saying thank you to them."
We had to ask if he was struggling on his way round yet, "I'm not tired yet, or fed up, when the weather's like this it's positively pleasant. I like being outside anyway, I love seeing the wildlife- that's what really keeps me going."
Mark admitted he's been to Dorset before when he dated a girl who use to have family in Bridport, "I'm really looking forward to coming back... The people are brilliant as well, 99.9% of them. The reaction to me has been brilliant.
He's only had one mishap, "The last downer was that I got robbed in Portsmouth... but that money was replaced ten times over by other people."
Mark admits he never set a total and is just grateful for every penny donated.
Mark is asking for accommodation for some of the nights he's in Dorset and says if anyone can help to contact him via Facebook.
He'll arrive in Swanage today (Monday 19th 2014), be in Weymouth on Friday and end up in West Bay for Sunday.
To see his schedule head to Mark's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aroundbritain1