Lead driver, 1st stint 2pm - 4pm Sat Afternoon.

Name. Scott Partridge.

Age. 37.

Partner Amy Sutherland.

Children. 1 Son, Levison (18 months old, Feb 2020).

Type of MS. Relapsing-Remitting.

Current MS Treatment. Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus).


Observations about the Willen 24 hour, or "WHAT HAVE I DONE"???


The Willen 24 is a great event that MS4MS is organising and I was keen to help Noel when he asked me because it’s for a good cause - helping people like myself and bring awareness to MS. I must admit, initially, I agreed to the event because I thought - 24-hour event; 24-hour bar. However, I’m slowly realising a lot of hard work and effort is going into the event and therefore, I will only have 23 pints! I’m a regular runner around Willen Lake but have never driven a scooter around there – in fact I’ve never even driven a scooter! Yet somehow, I am now the lead driver. This is based on my physical mobility rather than my mobility scooter skills. I’ll be doing my best sundance on the day to make this a fantastic family event. 

Chief Mechanic- Steve (BoB) Baldock.






I have known BoB for 40 odd years through the Milton Keynes and District Motor Club, mainly because I Co-Drove with BoB's Cousin, Gary Pinell on road and stage rallies in his Ex International Vauxhall Magnum. Steve spent years up to his eyeball in mud and muck, laid flat on his back under the car, usually in the pouring rain or snow and ice, invariably it would be freezing cold, mending the car after we either bent or broke it!


Why BoB? That is because for quite a while I called Steve 'Balders Old Boy', a natural progression.....


It's a guarantee that BoB, along with Ian will be in the Pits gazebo for the full 24 hours looking after the buggy and the needs of the drivers over the full period of the event.


I'm sure Bob and Ian will be up for a chat so drop into the Start/Finish area.

Watch a pit stop with battery change and driver change along with a buggy check over.

Please keep clear at this time, but then you can have a chat with the pit crew.


​Noel.

2nd driver, 1st stint 4pm - 6pm Sat Afternoon.

Name. Grant Miller.

Age. 60.

Type of MS. Primary Progressive.

Current MS Treatment. None.


Observations about the Willen 24 hour, or "WHAT HAVE I DONE"???


I have always had an interest in motorsport and I suppose this is as close as I'm going to get to taking part.

​​I have never ridden a mobility scooter as they weren't commonly available as my walking was deteriorating due to the progression of multiple sclerosis. As I have used a manual wheelchair for many years now, I'd rather keep pushing myself to keep as fit as I can rather than using motor assistance!!

​Noel has already warned me about the section of the path around one of the lakes where I must be in a particular position so as to avoid going onto the grass and hence into the lake!! I can swim but, I would rather not try with a race overall, helmet and gloves on- not to mention the racing harness that will be keeping me attached to the buggy as it does its Titanic impression!! I have been assured that the lake is not very deep, but that's not the point.


I won't be very impressed either.........Noel.


Things are go for the ‘Willen 24 Hours’ around the beautiful 2.5 mile Willen lakes Circuit. We now have yet another date for the main event for the 20th/21st August 2022. As many of you know the event should have been going ahead at the beginning of August 2021 but, because of question marks about the availability of the on-site hotel and the fact that we were unable to hold the ‘Le Mans style Test Weekend’ this year we have had to postpone for a second year.

The Parks Trust have been fantastic, as have all our sponsors, who have previously promised us help and things appear to being rolled over to 2022. Saying that, any help, either financial or in any other way will still be appreciated.

Some things have changed, in that the event is now the Motor Sport for MS Willen 24 Hours supporting the Milton Keynes MS group. Because we have tied the event purely into the MK Group all the drivers are now from MK.

I personally have a problem in the fact that it has taken so long to get ‘my baby’ off the ground that I have gone seriously downhill since coming up with this additional ‘Bloody Silly Idea’ and I cannot walk at all now and suffer seriously with fatigue problems. Because of this we have changed the reserve driver to a combined 3rd/4th driver to take on stints with me. Ian McLeod, who lives in Milton Keynes was unfortunately diagnosed with MS in 2011, Ian is an ex-race driver who started in karts in 1980 and went on to race single seaters and eventually rallied and raced karts in Oman, will be my right-hand man for my stints. We still have Scott Partridge leading us off at 2pm and Grant Miller taking over the controls as 2nd driver. Jane Higgins has still agreed to what was, a reluctant 5th reserve driver roll, but I think she is coming to terms with the idea now!

WHO IS IT?

3rd/4th driver, 1st stint 6pm - 8pm Sat Evening, Shared with Ian.

Name. Noel Wilson.

Partner. Karen Wilson.

Age. 62.

Type of MS. Secondary Progressive.

Current MS Treatment. None.


Observations about the Willen 24 hour.


Hey, guys-

"I have had another idea".

Yes, I suppose you could call it another 'Bloody Silly One'.


About the Kent MS Therapy Centre
The Kent MS Therapy Centre in Canterbury has been operating since 1984 and was initially set up by people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for people with MS living in Kent. In January 2015, we moved into our brand new purpose-built Therapy Centre which has enabled us to offer more therapies and additional support clinics.
Multiple Sclerosis
MS is a debilitating, unpredictable and incurable disease which can affect all of us. It is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 although our youngest Centre member was first diagnosed at the age of 15. MS is the most commonly diagnosed neurological disease in young adulthood and it is something people live with for the rest of their lives. There are thought to be approximately 100,000 people living in the UK with MS and more than 2,000 of these live in East Kent alone.
About Us
The Kent MS Therapy Centre is the only dedicated Therapy Centre in Kent that operates six days a week to support people who are suffering from MS and we do this by providing a range of non-invasive therapies which help to relieve the symptoms of MS and improve quality of life. In order to access our services, we offer a full membership scheme to people with an MS diagnosis. Once they have taken out membership, individuals can take advantage of all services delivered at the Centre. Our core therapies include:
* Hydrotherapy
* Physiotherapy
* Oxygen Therapy
* Gym and Group Exercise
* Counselling and Nutritional Advice
Within our Centre we also offer a much wider range of complementary therapies such as Yoga, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy and Facial Reflexology. In addition, we offer specialist support such as MS Specialist Nurse clinics, continence advisory clinics, symptom management workshops, chiropody clinics and advisory sessions on independent living. The range of practical and emotional support is a lifeline for so many of our members and they can drop in for a chat whenever they need.
During 2020 we need to raise more than £600,000 to run our services. As an independent charity, we do not receive any Government or NHS funding therefore every penny we raise comes from charitable donations and fundraising activities. That is why the support of the local community is so vital to us.
In 2018 we delivered 18,632 therapy sessions at our Centre. Nearly 75% of these sessions were for MS Members. 4,842 were Non-MS Oxygen Therapy sessions, income from which subsidises the cost of therapies for MS Members.

5th driver. Sitting on the bench? I think not!- Noel.​

Name. Jane Higgins.

Age. 60.

Type of MS. Secondary Progressive.



Observations about the Willen 24 hour, or "WHAT HAVE I DONE"???

I don’t recall actually volunteering to drive a scooter around Willen Lake in the middle of the night although I did agree to be third reserve, waiting on the bench and listening to the band. Somehow, I am now part of the main team preparing to sit in Noel’s souped-up, go faster striped machine.

My knowledge of Motor Sport – I know where Silverstone is.

I am really pleased to be supporting MS4MS on another great activity to raise funds that will be used to support people with MS, and their families and carers in Milton Keynes by the MS Society Milton Keynes Group. 

Team Manager- Ian Winfield




I have known Ian since the early eighties when
he joined the Milton Keynes

and District Motor Club after moving down from Cumbria.


When Ian found himself out of work in the 90's, I was running a company supplying staff for car launches/corporate events at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. I took Ian on, on a part-time basis, he never looked back, and after continuing to work in the corporate sector he also trained as a driver trainer taking on plenty of training courses himself, including becoming an Advanced Driving Instructor. Ian also does in-car instructing.

Ian has helped service plenty of the Milton Keynes rally cars over the years and a lot of that time has entailed staying up over at least one night, so this 24 shouldn't be a problem.

Ian's son Mike is an accomplished rally driver and is also an instructor and Ian helped Mike build & run his 'One Make' rally cars.

As we now have Ian on the spanners and the clipboard for this event, I know that the pit area and the management of the drivers' rota, etc will be in safe hands. 

​Noel.

NG Autoart. Neil Gardner, An incredibly

talented artist, check his work out.

A team of 4/5 drivers, all MS sufferers will be taking a single 8 MPH mobility scooter around the beautiful 2.5-mile course, skirting two lakes at Willen,

Milton Keynes, a la Le Mans. The cycleways and paths will still be

open to the public and this is NOT a speed event, we are purely

taking on this challenge as an endurance event. 

Drivers Rotation.

WHEN IS IT?

Dont forget, even if you cannot make it to Willen you can still send us some pennies by clicking the link to the right and donating on our Just Giving page.

We are proud to be working with the following event partners.

Please click on their logos to be taken to their websites or Facebook pages.

I would like to introduce a partner for our 'Willen 24'.

Tailor Made Mobility of Rochester in Kent. Darren, the owner has been more than generous in giving us a Comfort Coach Four Mobility scooter which is exactly the model that the race buggy is based on.

This means that in the event of a breakdown the mechanics can swap out the motor/transaxle unit from the race buggy and put in the spare whilst they work on the race unit allowing us to keep lapping.

Darren also has a number of spare parts in his workshop which he is happy to let us have.

​Welcome on board Darren and 'Tailor Made Mobility'.


UPDATE.

07/01/2020.

Today we visited Darren in his premises and he kindly handed over the scooter.

Things are now falling into place and we can start on the first practice runs with the mechanics trying out the recovery techniques and changing parts as we need to in the case of breakdowns.


Part of the deal with Darren is to donate the 1st £150 we raise at the 24 hour to his local MS Therapy Center in Kent. I have made contact with Moira Mitchell, the centres Head of Fundraising and below are the details about the centre. 

​It's nice to be working with you guys.

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Welcome onboard to our latest partners, Paragon Tool Hire and Ace Plant.

Paragon has very kindly agreed to supply us with a silent-run diesel generator for the main event over the weekend in August to allow us to charge our many batteries and run the engineering gazebo.

Ace Plant has also very kindly agreed to supply us with a Kubota Utility vehicle with a trailer for the test weekend and the main event. This is very important in the event of a breakdown, It will allow us to recover not only the buggy on the trailer but the driver in the case of Grant and Noel, neither of whom can walk, and Ian who has very limited mobility.

3rd/4th driver, 1st stint 6pm - 8pm Sat Evening, shared with Noel.


Name. Ian McLeod.

Age. 53.

​Children. 3.

Type of MS. Primary Progressive

Current MS Treatment. None




Observations about the Willen 24 hour, or "WHAT HAVE I DONE"???


After waiting 35 years, I’ve been called up to compete in the 24 hours!

Not the fabled Le Mans 24 Hours Sports Car race!

But a far more important event “THE” Willen 24 Hours at the beautiful Milton Keynes, Willen Lake Circuit.

I will now begin an intense training regime in preparation, consisting of a comfy sofa, a bottle of vodka (or gin) and a 50” flat screen TV!

Who really makes this happen? The backroom boys and girls.

WHAT IS IT?

Many thanks to our long time partner and sponsor, Romain Morizot, owner of overalls and motor racing equipment suppliers  Stand 21. 
WORLD LEADER IN MADE-TO-MEASURE EQUIPMENT FOR THE RACING DRIVER FROM HEAD TO TOE...
Romain has agreed to extend his help with Motor Sport for MS and is going to supply us with embroidered logos for the back and breast area of the drivers and mechanics overalls.

Over the weekend of the 20th/21st August 2022. 2 years later than planned
The Union Flag will drop at 2pm signalling the lead driver to run across the track and jump into the buggy (just as the Le Mans drivers did up until 1969) to set off on an epic 24-hour event.

Things have changed in 2022.

​ Now the 20th/21st Aug 2022.

MotorSport for MS Willen 24 Hours

In support of the MK MS Group.


The Boss- Karen Wilson.






Karen and I have been married for 39 years, in fact, it will be our 40th wedding anniversary 3 weeks after the Willen 24 hours.


Karen has been completely behind MS4MS and me right from the start of this 'Bloody Silly Idea'. Driving the motor home a ridiculous amount of miles to get to each venue. Looking after my 'pill needs' in the early hours of the morning, because I have to be at signing on at 8am and need to take my pills at 5am and putting up with my moaning when I'm suffering the pain and fatigue that comes with a weekend away in a motor home.


This weekend Karen will mostly be around the main MS4MS collection gazebo looking after the collecting team, so, if you have any questions about any aspect of either the Willen 24 hour event or MS in general, ask Karen. If Karen doesn't know the answer she will know of someone who does.


​Noel.