Disabled Kintyre crafter breezes to freedom thanks to TGA mobility scooter

Cecelia Lock enjoying her new independence on the coast of Kintyre, Scotland, thanks to a new TGA Breeze mobility scooter

Cecelia Lock enjoying her new independence on the coast of Kintyre, Scotland, thanks to a new TGA Breeze mobility scooter

Cecelia Lock, 43 from Saddell on the remote Scottish Kintyre peninsula, lives with a disability following a road traffic accident, however she has just regained true independence with a TGA ‘Breeze’ mobility scooter which is also enabling her to enjoy quilting and exhibiting with The Kintyre Crafters.

Cecelia lives with her husband near Cambeltown, which is situated on one of the most picturesque parts of the Scottish coastline. Unfortunately Cecelia experienced a major collision in her car during 2008, which resulted in neurological and mobility problems. This terrible incident occurred only four weeks after she was married to Michael and resulted in her husband becoming a carer as well as wedded partner. Since that date, Cecelia’s mobility has become less and less each day and coupled with growing Agoraphobia, she has only been able to enjoy the outdoors as a car passenger or being pushed in a wheelchair. Independence alone was not an option until Cecelia was recently introduced to a TGA Breeze mobility scooter, which is the same model that appeared on BBC television earlier in the year winning a Top Gear extreme challenge.

Living in such a rural environment would normally suggest that the use of a mobility scooter for independent freedom whilst driving over farm land, fields and off-road tracks would not be possible, however the Breeze has proven more than capable for Cecelia’s needs. Her new found ability to access the local community has also allowed Cecelia to join the local crafting group as she is now a proficient quilter and is planning to attend country fairs to showcase and sell her work. This therapeutic past time is so important for Cecelia’s well-being along with the ability to venture outdoors on her own terms.

Cecelia has experienced a massive, positive change to her lifestyle since owning her Breeze mobility scooter as she explains: “Before owning my scooter, I was fully dependent on my husband’s assistance when going outside, either being pushed in a wheelchair or as a car passenger. Now I can choose when to go into town on my own and driving across the surrounding hilly farmland is no problem at all for my Breeze. I can visit Saddell Abbey, which is a beautiful and popular tourist spot and with my renewed zest for life I am really developing my crafting skills. I am now a member of the Kintyre Crafters Group that promotes the quality, hand made work available from skilled local people through craft fairs and exhibitions. I think keeping traditional skills alive is so important these days as everyone seems to be on a computer and nothing else. My group support local charities with donations and stalls at their various functions and is always on the look out for new members.”

“I can honestly say, my involvement with the Kintyre Crafters would not have been possible for me without my TGA mobility scooter. It has changed my perspective on life and opened up a new world of opportunities. We even take it on holiday with us when visiting our caravan. When we are on holiday and away from roads, which I am still wary of following my accident, I can explore the local countryside on my Breeze, which is great for driving over rough terrain.”

Cecelia is now beginning to think about possibly setting up a small business selling quilted materials and displays her work on Facebook for people to view alongside the Kintyre Crafter’s activities. She freely admits that the jargon of quilting can be a challenge and is self-taught from magazine courses, however with the support of her crafting group and previous knitting experience, Cecelia has already attained a high standard. With her quilting prowess now in full swing, Cecelia’s past time could lead to business success and further charity support, all assisted by her trusty TGA Breeze mobility scooter.

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Remarkable 80-year-old Shropshire farmer continues to run farm thanks to TGA mobility scooter

Robert Maund, 80, from Betton Strange near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is a unique and lively ‘character’ who now continues to manage his herd despite living with restricted mobility thanks to the assistance of a TGA Breeze mobility scooter.

80-year-old farmer Robert Maude continues to uniquely manage and maintain his Shropshire farm thanks to a TGA mobility scooter

80-year-old farmer Robert Maude continues to uniquely manage and maintain his Shropshire farm thanks to a TGA mobility scooter

Robert has lived on Alkmere Farm since 1934 and continues to this day with a small herd of 40 ‘replacement heifers’. Apart from living with his elderly sister and hiring a few farm hands now and again, Robert is solely responsible for the management of his Holstein cows and farm operations in general. Even though he has undergone two hip replacements, Robert continues to feed and maintain his cattle, which would not be physically possible without his sturdy TGA Breeze mobility scooter. He uses the scooter to access all areas of his farmyard and surrounding fields as walking for lengthy periods of time are not an option for Robert.

During his farming career, Robert has produced milk, reared and sold calves and grown crops for feed. He remains highly active for his age and believes retirement is not for him as he explains: “When I had my hips replaced my surgeon stressed to me that it was time for me to take life a bit easier. This unfortunately is not in my nature and I plan to continue farming for as long as physically possible. My mind still feels so young, but my body isn’t as strong these days so moving around the farm was getting difficult until I bought my scooter. I have farmed all my life and I am not ready to give up yet. Admittedly I have had to reduce my herd down in size with some animals indoors, some out, but I plan to continue with my work for many years to come. My TGA mobility scooter is such a robust piece of kit and is perfect for transporting small bales and buckets of feed around the farm, which saves me lifting and carrying. A bale will easily fit on top of the front basket and I can get two buckets on the floor-well. It also copes with the rough terrain in my fields and driving into barns and around the yard. Without my Breeze I reckon running this farm would be nigh on impossible.”

The TGA Breeze is primarily designed to be a luxury mobility scooter for everyday use around town or in less commercial, rural situations. Nevertheless the supplier TGA Mobility believes as long as the mobility scooter is used safely, then Robert’s story is another example of the invaluable difference its products can make to levels of end user independence. Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director comments: “Robert’s use of a TGA Breeze maybe unconventional, but it clearly demonstrates how this highly reliable mobility scooter can make a real positive difference to an individual’s freedom. Our products have now been trusted for over 25 years across the UK to deliver mobility with peace of mind. When you consider living with restricted mobility, especially in more isolated rural locations, the importance of being able to safely enjoy the outdoors is absolutely essential to well being and happiness which Robert has demonstrated once more.”

The TGA Breeze mobility scooter as owned by Robert, won the BBC Top Gear Extreme Mobility Scooter challenge earlier in the year when it successfully negotiated a welsh mountain, whilst been driven by an disabled war veteran. In addition to Robert’s model, versatile TGA mobility scooters are safely used across the country for a variety of unique activities over and above daily mobility. These include dog agility training, organised ‘disabled rambles’, towing sailing boats and accessing the countryside for hobbies such as photography and fishing. The TGA Breeze also achieved a new World Record in June 2012 when it was driven for 24 hours non-stop by Steve Tarrant at the Mobility Roadshow, Peterborough, to achieve ‘The Greatest distance covered in 24 hours by a mobility scooter’.

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CLOSING 31ST OCT 2012: ON THE MOVE DISABLED PHOTOGRAPHER’S COMPETITION, APPLY NOW!

Mobility Choice, Top Fuel Bike by Nigel Holland

Mobility Choice, ‘On the Move’ winner: Top Fuel Bike by Nigel Holland

In 2011 Mobility Choice and the Disabled Photographers’ Society joined forces on a new photographic competition – On the Move – for disabled photographers.

The response was fantastic, with hundreds of entries from all over the UK. Henry Butt from Peterborough won the under-18s category with his excellent capture of a wave beneath a pier, and Nigel Holland from Northants was outright over-18s winner with his Top Fuel Bike action shot. “This was the first competition I have entered so I was especially thrilled to win,” said Nigel. “Drag racing is a big passion and I was trying to get a good panning shot. This is not easy to achieve with my disability so I am delighted it pleased the judges.”

On the Move 2012 launches at the Mobility Roadshow on Thursday 21st June, with a theme of Sport in Motion. There are three age categories – under 12s, 12-18, and over 18. Prizes for the winners include a Merlin Annual Pass for a disabled person and carer, which provides entry to a range of top UK attractions such as the London Eye, LEGOLAND Windsor and Madame Tussauds for 12 months, plus Calumet photographic accessories.

The competition closes on 31st October 2012. Winning and shortlisted images will be printed, mounted and will be on display at the Focus on Imaging show at the NEC Birmingham, 3rd – 6th March 2013, where the competition awards will take place (date to be confirmed). There will also be a public exhibition of the winning images, plus a selection of shortlisted entries, at Calumet Photographic, Drummond Street, near Euston Station, London (date TBC).

Mobility Choice, On the Move winner: Wave under the pier, Henry Butt

Mobility Choice, ‘On the Move’ winner: Wave under the pier, Henry Butt

http://www.mobilitychoice.org.uk/competitions.html

Huge thanks to Calumet, Merlin Entertainments and Mary Walker Exhibitions for their fantastic support of the competition.