Over 54 days, Motcombe Major Andy Johnston has covered the equivalent of 30 miles by moving his wheelchair up and down his kitchen, 5,280 times.
Andy started his charity fundraiser on the Queen’s birthday, intending to wheel a marathon distance and used a pop-up book of London landmarks to plot his progress.
He decided to extend his finish line by four miles, so he could complete the fundraiser on 13th June, Her Majesty’s official birthday. It’s the day when Trooping the Colour takes place. In 1985, Andy played a major role in that ceremony.
Yesterday morning, friends and family gathered at a safe social distance in Andy’s Knapp Hill garden as the former Coldstream Guardsman covered his final few laps. The Alfred Daily was there.
Andy has raised money for the NHS Charities Together, the veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, the Wessex MS Therapy Centre at Warminster, Motcombe Memorial Hall and Racing Welfare – which supports horseracing and stable staff when times are tough.
He has also secured donations for Salisbury-based music charity La Folia, in memory of his late daughter Katie who was a school Head of Music. Money has also been raised for the Marie Curie charity, which supported Andy’s late brother-in-law, David.
You can still give cash at Andy’s JustGiving page.
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