Martin’s post #DAYtoDAY challenge blog

Martyn Weller, chair of Disability Action Yorkshire, tackled a  24 hour journey on a mobility scooter on June 30 and July 1 to highlight the everyday challenges facing people with disabilities.

He travelled the 125 miles from Disability Action Yorkshire’s (DAY) Harrogate headquarters to the charity’s new, specially adapted holiday lodge in Kenwick Park Estate, Louth, Lincolnshire.  He raised £700 that will go towards the £50,000 cost of adapting the lodge to meet the needs of disabled people.

125 miles on a mobility scooter in just 15 hours

Well I did it  – 125 miles in under 24hours by mobility scooter!  In fact it took just 15 hours, largely due to Bessie not missing a beat, only 3 battery changes, and the superb backup from the Mobility Partnership, who followed a few yards behind the whole way – not to mention our own special branch of the Harley owners’ club.

We made it to Hull on the first day, and after an enjoyable overnight stop, we made good time the following day, in spite of a slight detour around a few housing estates in Barton on Humber, we got to Louth at the appointed 3pm. Me lost? Never had I just wanted to study a few bedding plant displays.

The first day was marred a bit by the awful weather which hit Saturday afternoon. A three hour stretch in open countryside with the driving rain lashing across the road as our hero bravely battled on defying all nature could throw at him. Well ok it wasn’t quite that bad but you know what it is like when you get wet and it’s running down the back of your neck and there is nothing you can do.

There were a few highlights to the trip, mainly milestones we could tick off. The first glimpse of the Humber Bridge, and the realisation that this was achievable.  We were still two hours from the bridge but well ahead of schedule.  Next day, of course,  actually crossing the bridge itself – a great but rather breezy experience; next passing the welcome to Lincolnshire sign; similarly the welcome to Louth sign and naturally arriving at the holiday home, to be greeted by the thronging crowd and a well deserved (well I think so anyway) glass of wine. Actually the word crowd doesn’t do justice to what must have been more than 10 people.

The other outstanding part of the trip was the reaction of so many people along the way who despite being held up still honked their support and waved. Only two showed their disapproval with various gestures and a few words mum told me to never use. I can only think it was a reaction to not knowing who their fathers were.  At least the curious spectator who asked what it was all about and then donated a fiver restored my faith.

So what was the trip like? Well as you trundle through the countryside you do notice things you take for granted when whizzing along in the car, the stunning beauty of the countryside we live in, the bird song, the numerous odours, the well kept villages each garden a credit to its owner, people stopping to chat, a dog bounding up to the gate anxious to see the world go by, the poor condition of the roads and the sheer amount of road kill. There were a few heart stopping moments on some roundabouts and the bits of dual carriageway I was forced to use, but overall I am sure I had the easy bit.

Thank you everyone who has supported this mad cap idea, I suppose you are all thinking what next? Well watch this space………..

I’m so impressd by Martin’s remarkable achievement- and I’ grateful that thanks to his determination, the holiday cottage is one step closer to providing affordable holiday accommodation for disabled people and their families. This is what the holiday cottage looks like:

The cottage in the woods

The bedroom

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