Mark Newton

Charities

RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 23 people a day around the coasts and waterways of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. From 235 lifeboat stations, they are well trained and equipped to put to sea in the most fearsome conditions when the call comes. RNLI lifeguards patrol more than 200 beaches in the UK. As well as rescuing people from the water, they are also on hand for first aid and safety advice, making sure everyone can make the most of their day at the beach. Are you passionate about the water? Do you want to be part of a lifesaving team? Whatever the reason for your interest in our work, we’d love to have you onboard. The RNLI is an independent charity and receives no government funding. We rely on public support.
SSAFA
SSAFA provides lifelong support for our Forces and their families. Every year we give life-changing support to more than 50,000 people. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to extend a helping hand to our servicemen and women and their families, doing whatever it takes to meet their needs.
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young people who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help. "It’s about the blokes, our men and women of the Armed Forces. It’s about Derek, a rugby player who has lost both his legs, it’s about Carl whose jaw is wired up so he has been drinking through a straw. It’s about Richard who was handed a mobile phone as he lay on the stretcher so he could say goodbye to his wife. It’s about Ben, it’s about Steven and Andy and Mark, it’s about them all. They are just blokes but they are our blokes; they are our heroes. We want to help our heroes."
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion Safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the armed forces. We are one of the UK's largest membership organisations and recognised as custodians of Remembrance. We also run the annual Poppy Appeal
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards Regimental Trust Including The Benevolent Fund
Relief of hardship and suffering with financial assistance, by way of donation, to past and present members and their dependants of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, 1st King's Dragoon Guards and 2nd Dragoon Guards (The Bays).

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2 cats and a mobility scooter Around Britain

Fundraiser: 
Mark Newton

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/aroundbritain

A brief history

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cznOUEBJfwM

In 1991 whilst attached to the United Nations in Cyprus I suffered a life changing injury to my right leg. In 2009 my condition had deteriorated to the point where walking was painfully difficult, it was suggested to me that I contact SSAFA to see if they are able to help, they did all the form filling and ringing around to get me a mobility scooter, 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards (my old Regiment) and The Royal British Legion came up with the money to pay for it. I was then made redundant in August 2010, instead of sitting around and doing nothing I started planning a trip 'Round Wales', this took place during May and June of 2011 and covered more than 1450 miles and raised just over £9000 for 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards, Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.

Before even finishing that I had already started planning this trip in my mind. I added SSAFA to the list after I embarrassingly forgot them on my first trip! I added the Royal National Lifeboat Institution so that I had goals other than the end of each day, they are also in my eyes unsung heroes just as the forces are!

Now...

As I've now finished the coast I'm now on Phase 2, to photograph and catalogue Warand Lifeboat Graves and Memorials a county at a time, I suspect I have about 10 years left! All the images will be on my website www.war-graves.co.uk, all the memorial images are being sent to the Imperial War Museum for the national archive, I am now a contributer to this.

In April 2015 I was awarded a Guinness World Record for my efforts of travelling around the coast on a Beamer Tramper TWS. In the same month I was presented with an award (in my absence) for being the individual who raised the most money in 2014 for the British Legion, this was becuase of your generosity, thank you.

How I live...

I fund my trips with the little money I have left from my War Pension and the generosity of the British people and Businesses.

Why

I got my scooter on the 23 December 2009 after a lot of help from the Royal British Legion, 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards and the Army Benevolent fund. The Soldiers, Sailors Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help did all the leg work and form filling for me. I have covered nearly 10000 miles in that time, quite possibly the most used mobility scooter in Britain.

Targets?

I never set a target amount as I'm grateful for every penny and I'm pretty sure the charities are.

To visit as many graves and memorials as I can, I know I will never get to everyone but I'll give it a go!

I travel with Missy and Smudge, my two cats.

Recent donors

07.08.17

18.07.17 Sir, I spotted your scooter & Missy outside the 'Berry Blue cafe' in Cam yesterday and have been thinking of you since. Please accept this small donation for your great cause and great achievements.

04.07.17 Euro's exchanged from bucket

02.07.17 This includes the 50 pounds donated to replace the collection bucket that was stolen.

17.06.17 Changing som foreign notes that have been put in the bucket

30.05.17

23.05.17

02.05.17 Overtook you as you were coming out of Downton today. Took a pic and googled you when I got home!!! Wow what an amazing thing you are doing and with your cats. Wishing you all the best, stay safe and I hope you get loads of money for your charities.

09.04.17 Pleasure to meet you at Fortes cafe this morning. Keep up the great work.

28.03.17

24.03.17

20.03.17 Met you at Neath Abbey Tesco. All the best!

05.03.17

02.02.17

07.12.16 Be strong Mark. Your kitties need you :-)

30.11.16

30.11.16 My Christmas card get out donation

17.11.16

04.11.16 Best wishes Mark. You are doing a grand job. Mike ex booty

31.10.16

31.10.16 Well done and keep up the good work Mark. You are a hero and deserve all the aid possible. Hope this little payment helps. Mike ex booty.

08.09.16 Keep up the good work Mark!

04.08.16

25.07.16 My colleague saw you on the road in London and shared this with me. I would like to donate. A very inspiring story. Thank you

23.07.16 Lovely to see you and Smudge and Missy at Tescos Aldershot this afternoon. x

£71,868.63

Running total

Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£73,285.38
Total donors:
426
Last donor:
Mark
07.08.17  
Offline fundraising:
£6,558.02
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