THREE friends are embarking on a 2,000-mile trek around the UK on vintage scooters later this year to raise money for charity.
Gary Blackwell, Helen Champion and Adrian Mason, who are all members of the 1066 Saxon Scooter Club, will be setting off outside the Scooter Shack in Rock-a-Nore Road in the Old Town on September 1 from 6.30am.
The fundraiser is in aid of St Leonards-based charity St Michael’s Hospice.
During the nine-day trip the trio hope to meet up with members of other scooter clubs and collect donations on the way.
Mr Mason, of St Helens Park Road, said: “On the first day we will be driving more than 300 miles to St Ives in Cornwall and then going to Land’s End on the second day to have our photos taken at the famous signpost.
“We then will ride 874 miles up to John O’Groats, planning to be in Edinburgh by day five. We have sent out messages to other scooter clubs throughout the UK so hopefully a lot will join us when we travel around.
“All the scooters we are riding on are vintage ones, mine dating from 1965, so they can go at an average speed of 40mph.
“We will be taking a van containing two spare scooters in case one of ours breaks down and will be roughing it by sleeping in tents.
“St Michael’s Hospice is a great charity and does good work. I have had a couple of friends who have passed away but were cared for by the hospice.”
The trio will return to 1066 Country on September 9.
If anyone is interested in joining the ride log onto Facebook and enter the 1066 Saxons SC under the search category.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the three ‘Scooterteers’ can log onto www.justgiving.com/helen-gary-ade.