Tony Monteith, 54 from Dumbarton, Scotland, lives with Cerebral Palsy however has just experienced newfound independence thanks to a radical TGA Vita Sport mobility scooter that helps him continue raising funds for his Sailing Club in Helensburgh.
Tony has lived in the Dumbarton area for over 15 years and was originally born in Helensburgh. He has lived in several residential care homes around Scotland throughout his life but has always retained a passion for freedom and sailing. Along with three other friends and a skipper buddy for support due to his disability, he hopes to sail around the Isle of Shuna situated north of the Firth of Clyde to raise funds for the Helensburgh Challenger Group based at Helensburgh Sailing Club and to promote awareness of sailing for the disabled. Challenger sailing encourages and supports people with disabilities to take up the sport at the centre in Helensburgh. Helensburgh sailing club has over 500 sailors with eight Challenger disabled sailors including Tony and is keen to increase Challenger membership numbers and helpers and buddies for Challenger Sailing Regattas and weekend sailing which is where TGA Mobility aim to help. Tony recently purchased a cutting edge Vita Sport from TGA who are the leading mobility scooter specialist across Scotland and the rest of the UK. The Vita is unlike traditional looking scooters as it represents a dynamic new genre of mobility products from TGA, which are now seen as ‘cool’ and highly desirable. This trendy and modern scooter, which is part of the UK’s leading and most comprehensive range from TGA, appealed to Tony and when he explained to TGA his intentions to sail around Shuna for donations, the mobility specialist agreed to help him raise press awareness for the Helensburgh Sailing Club.
Tony explains: “I am so pleased with my new sporty black Vita which I came across simply by searching on the Internet. TGA are real mobility experts and have delivered in every respect. Harry Reed from TGA who helped me obtain a Vita Sport through the Motability scheme was brilliant and since owning this latest model, I have been able to visit my local shops and community groups with ease. TGA mobility scooters are renowned for reliability, comfort and exceptional build quality, all backed up by after sales service that really does go the extra mile. I can genuinely appreciate the thought that has gone into this Vita design. I think it is also fantastic that the company have agreed to help me raise press awareness about my fundraising voyage around Shuna and the benefits of joining Helensburgh Challenger Group. Being a member of this club is vital for me as I have sailed for over 20 years and would not be able to continue enjoying the open water without their support. I sail in specially adapted boats called Challengers, which provide easy access due to my restricted movement and are more stable as they are Trimarans The benefits of being able to sail are endless and I would recommend it all fellow individuals with disabilities.”
In addition to raising membership and supporter numbers, Tony is hopeful that local businesses might be able to sponsor the Helensburgh Challenger Group to enhance his fundraising activities so running costs and boat repairs can be met. The club has several Challenger boats that are ideal for sailors who have restricted mobility, as they are more stable and less likely to capsize, however funds for sails and rigging repairs are always desperately needed. TGA Managing Director Daniel Stone concludes: “As a business, we believe organisations such as Helensburgh Challenger Group provide an essential service for people with disabilities and admire Tony’s continued fundraising initiatives for his Sailing Club. Our TGA Vita Sport is the ideal model for Tony as it reflects his ‘get up and go’ attitude for life and whilst raising press awareness of the fantastic health and well-being benefits it offers, we were delighted to also support his sailing club in this one-off campaign.”
In addition to standard Vita mobility scooter features, Tony’s TGA Vita Sport also encompasses sports styling, tinted high visibility long life LED head and rear lights and a racing leather seat. This bucket-style seat offers additional lateral support and comfort whilst the covering material is extremely durable yet stylish. From a performance point of view the controller has been upgraded to 160amp so an enhanced driving experience is delivered to Tony, whilst the ergonomic LCD tiller and control panel have been carefully designed to be user-friendly. The exclusive black rim alloys and the black-only body mouldings finish off the dramatic looks of the Vita Sport that many locals comment upon as he rides around town.