Wheelchair Ramblers Celebrate Historic 100-Mile Trek

22 September 1999

The team of eight wheelchair ramblers from around the country arrived exhausted yet jubilant at the finish line of the week-long Toyota 100-mile Endurance Ramble from Bath to Maidenhead across the rugged Ridgeway. Their aim was to raise awareness of the need for improved access for disabled people to the countryside.

Minor incidents such as falls, insect bites and an unexpected encounter with a canal failed to dampen the ramblers’ enthusiasm.

The ‘Toyota 100-mile Endurance Ramble’ was organised by the Countryside Access Group (CAG), which is affiliated with the Disabled Drivers’ Association (DDA).

Chairman of the CAG, Dr Mike Bruton, said it had been a wonderful week and all had enjoyed taking part. “It was a great test of our wheelchairs and scooters which stood up to a real hammering. This demonstrates that it is quite possible for people in wheelchairs to take part in a rough challenge of this sort,” he said. “Not only did Toyota provide a Previa for backup emergency and transport to accommodation each night, but the dealers helped by recharging scooter and wheelchair batteries and laid on refreshments at each stop.”

The team followed the Kennet and Avon Canal as far as Devizes before swinging north to Avebury. It then crossed the Ridgeway through to Goring-on-Thames and then minor lanes down to Reading. The ramble also took in Bradford-on-Avon and Swindon.

The ramblers set off from Roman Toyota in Bath visiting Fish Brothers Toyota in Swindon and Octagon Toyota in Reading before arriving at Maidenhead for celebrations at Whichford Toyota. On each occasion the team was welcomed by the local Borough Mayors.

Head of Toyota Motability, Special Sales Manager Neal Standen said Toyota was proud to be associated with such a determined group of people who despite their disabilities wanted access to outdoor pursuits enjoyed by able bodied people.

“We know that access to independent transport and the associated freedoms can dramatically change people’s lives,” he said. “Our Toyota Motability Specialists, who offer advice to drivers about vehicle suitability and the type and cost of any adaptation they may require, have rewarding roles helping people on the road to independent travel.”


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