Scooter-loopy James’ epic feat

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Walking or running across the undulating South Downs is hard enough, but imagine completing the journey in a mobility scooter?

That was the amazing feat achieved by Eastbourne multiple sclerosis sufferer, James Pagram.

James Pagram rode the South Downs way on a mobility scooter to raise funds for the MS Society Eastbourne and South Wealden and was greeted at the finish by supporters and family. August 12th 2013 E33024P

James Pagram rode the South Downs way on a mobility scooter to raise funds for the MS Society Eastbourne and South Wealden and was greeted at the finish by supporters and family. August 12th 2013 E33024P

Travelling at a maximum speed of eight miles an hour, James completed the 114-mile challenge on his trusted scooter despite living with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. On a day-to-day basis James struggled with a lack of mobility and increased fatigue.

On Monday, James arrived at Beachy Head just four days after leaving the BMI Hospital in Winchester, Hampshire on August 9 with his friends James McIntyre and Roger Mills who cycled the entire distance by his side.

James is the treasurer of the Eastbourne branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Speaking at the end of his epic journey, James said he wanted to inspire other sufferers to get out and see the beautiful countryside.

In order to complete the notoriously difficult journey, TGA Mobility loaned James their Breeze mobility scooter.

This is the same model which reached the top of the Brecon Beacons during a challenge for the BBC’s Top Gear programme.

James completed a successful 20-year career working in the City of London as an accountant and was diagnosed with MS in 1988. He continued with his 6am commute from Eastbourne to the capital each day until 2003 when the affects of his illness resulted in early retirement.

James was greeted by supporters when he arrived at The Pilot in Meads on Monday afternoon and said: “I think I need a pint now.”!

James aims to raise £10,000 for the MS Society despite being told that this was an impossible task. However, thanks to the generosity of the community and James’ friends and family, he has already raised over £7,000.

For more information, visit the website at http://south downs101ers.com