Roaming Mark sets new record on his scooter in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:30 22 April 2015

Mark Newton who has been touring around Britain for two years on his mobility scooter in aid of various charities makes a stop at Honiton Tesco. Mark meets The Baton charity founder, Alan Rowe and Tesco staff Duncan Sheridan-Shaw and Kim Hutchinson. Ref mhh 3163-16-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Mark Newton who has been touring around Britain for two years on his mobility scooter in aid of various charities makes a stop at Honiton Tesco. Mark meets The Baton charity founder, Alan Rowe and Tesco staff Duncan Sheridan-Shaw and Kim Hutchinson. Ref mhh 3163-16-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Mark Newton has already raised more than £43,000 for a clutch of military charities from his travels.

A charity fundraiser who is travelling around the UK on a scooter trundled into Honiton last week – only to be told he had set a new Guinness world record.

Mark Newton has already raised more than £43,000 for a clutch of military charities from his travels.

When he reached Honiton Tesco last Tuesday (April 14), he was informed that he was the current record holder for the furthest amount of mileage that has been achieved on a mobility moped.

It was clinched after he travelled 12,186 miles in just 596 days.

“I got the email when I came into Honiton,” Mark said. “I did not expect to have gotten it so quickly!”

Mark’s fundraising mission started when he suffered a life-changing injury to his leg while attached to the United Nations.

“In 2009 my condition had deteriorated to the point where walking was painfully difficult,” Mark said.

“It was suggested to me that I contact Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) to see if they were able to help.”

After hooking Mark up with a scooter, he decided he wanted to give back to various military causes, and set off on his charitable journey.

So far, the amount of money he has raised is more than £43,000.

Alan Rowe MBE, founder of Honiton-based charity The Baton and vice-president of Devon SSAFA, praised Mark for his charity work.

Mr Rowe said: “I went to greet Mark, mainly in my capacity as VP of Devon SSAFA, as Mark raises funds for us. I thought it important to show legendary Devon, especially Honiton’s, hospitality to someone who is a real inspiration.

“My wife and I then took Mark to the Hare and Hounds to treat him to a dinner, where Lindsey [the manager] made a very generous donation to Mark’s efforts, as did other customers of the pub.

To donate to Mark’s cause, visit his Virgin Money Giving website.

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