An amateur cyclist is being backed by TGA to complete a mammoth charity bike ride to raise money for an equipment loan service based in Pershore.
Next month, Dr Mark Warren, 49, will attempt to cycle 1,173 miles in aid of Event Mobility, which loans mobility scooters and wheelchairs at nationwide events.
Dr Warren has completed charity rides in the past but has never attempted anything as extreme as this challenge.
He will be cycling more than 100 miles each day, back-to-back, with the aim of reaching John O’Groats within 11 days.
By choosing to ride north he has the extra challenge of tackling over 60,000ft of cumulative elevation as he negotiates multiple ascents and descents.
Aiming to arrive at the most northerly point in the UK on 3 August, Dr Warren plans to raise over £5,000 for Event Mobility with the help of its partner scooter supplier, TGA.
Event Mobility was established in 1999 and now provides a fleet of 300 mobility scooters and 100 manual wheelchairs for well-known events such as The British Grand Prix, The Ryder Cup and Glastonbury.
The majority of scooters available are supplied by the product specialist TGA Mobility, including the Breeze S4.
Dr Warren said: “One of my local friends is the Chair of the Event Mobility Board of Trustees – Mike Harrison. I explained to him I was looking to raise funds for a smaller charity that still had a national impact.
“With its local connections to me Event Mobility was therefore the perfect choice. Their small team do an amazing job and deserve a boost, especially as they continue to push the boundaries of mobility. I see the work they do first hand and the huge difference it makes, without their services so many events would not be accessible for all.
“My end-to-end challenge aims to give the charity an injection of investment so they can expand their scooter fleet and provide independence to even more event and festival goers.”
He added: “People have said to me that this challenge is like asking a runner to do back-to-back marathons for 11 days. Hence I have been putting some serious training so that I have the strength and stamina to successfully complete the distance on my Tifosi road bike.
“I’ll be collecting donations as I go but I would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Event Mobility Just Giving Page. Whatever can be spared will help Event Mobility continue to meet the growing demand for independent mobility.”
Daniel Stone, TGA’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Mark’s challenge with donations and free PR so that awareness and funds are maximised. It is a commendable effort by him and we wish him luck with this challenging endeavour.”