Mark told me about his trip around the UK and how he wanted to approach military bases for support, so I invited him to visit Culdrose

Staff Sergeant John Beall, Culdrose MPGS

Mark Newton, set off from Scotland last April on a tour around Britain on his mobility scooter. His scooter reaches a top speed of 8mph and pulls along a trailer that he sleeps in every night, along with his two cats Smudge and Missy. Mr Newton used to serve with the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards but had to leave due to injury.

His trek has so far has raised over £31,000 for the RNLI, SSAFA, Help For Heroes, Royal British Legion and 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards Regimental Association.

Staff Sergeant John Beall, who arranged the visit said: “I saw Mark several times on the road when I was making a trip between Plymouth and Dartmouth where I was working at the time. He told me about his trip around the UK and how he wanted to approach military bases for support, so I invited him to visit Culdrose. He is an amazing bloke, who is doing a great deal for some very worthwhile causes.” 

For that reason, the security team were very please to welcome him into Culdrose at the weekend. John explains: “He came into the Air Station, met the MPGS security team and we were happy to host him for the weekend. We gave him a hot meal, and a well deserved pint – the Leading Hands and Corporals Mess invited him in and met his cats! He told us all about his travels before setting off again up the west coast of Cornwall. We wish him well in his fundraising efforts and hope that he has a safe journey. Keep your eyes out for him – you can’t miss him and the trailer!”

Warrant Officer 2 Daz Rushforth, also of the MPGS added: “Mark was a really nice bloke. I think that he is an inspirational man and we were all amazed at how motivated he was despite spending every night in his mobile trailer. Of the 450 nights that he has been on the road, he has only spent two nights not in the trailer. He is very committed and we were very pleased to support him.” 

Most people would take it easy after an experience like this, but Mark has already started planning his next challenge, as Daz explains: “In his next challenge, Mark aims to visit every military memorial site in the UK which he estimates will take him between 4 and 5 years. I don’t know how he does it – I like sleeping in my own bed!"