101-mile scooter fundraiser

An Eastbourne man diagnosed with multiple sclerosis is taking part in a fundraiser with a difference to raise charity cash.

James Pagram hopes to raise £10,000 for the MS Society by travelling 101 miles along the South Downs Way on his mobility scooter.

The 48-year-old was diagnosed with the condition 15 years ago and his symptoms include extreme fatigue and problems with mobility.

His challenge will start in Winchester in Hampshire and he is planning to arrive back in his home town at Beachy Head four days later.

It is a totally off-road, cross country route and two friends will be accompanying Mr Pagram on their bikes for the fundraiser.

He said, “Getting outside on my scooter has given me freedom and done a lot for my mood; it makes me feel better and has helped me to come to terms with my MS.

“I hope this trip will encourage people with this illness to realise their potential and to get out more and enjoy the beautiful countryside we live in.

“It would be fantastic if people affected by MS can come along and meet us along the route, and possibly join in for a few miles.”

Mr Pagram – who is a member of the Eastbourne and South Wealden branch of the MS Society – is hoping to get support from corporate sponsors to help him raise the £10,000.

He says he’ll also be relying on generous family and friends to help boost the charity coffers.

The fundraiser will begin on August 9 this year and the Eastbourne resident is planning to arrive back in Eastbourne on August 12.

People can sponsor him by visiting: www.justgiving.com/James-Pagram.

So far £165 has been donated on the just giving website but Mr Pagram is hoping his challenge will bring in £10,000 for the charity.

For more information about the condition and the work the MS Society is doing go to the website: www.mssociety.org.uk