Thomas Maxwell, 77 from Kinloch Rannoch in Perth & Kinross, Scotland, is a retired professional Butler who has served prestigious individuals worldwide and has recently been able to continue fulfilling his passion for travel thanks to a TGA Supersport mobility scooter.
Thomas was originally born in Ayrshire, Scotland and following the same career path as his father, he became a professional Footman in 1954 at the age of 16. Always appreciating that he would have to sacrifice high earnings for a career in international stewardship, Thomas quickly progressed to personal Valet and then Butler. Thomas enjoyed over 40 years operating as a Butler across the world in many glamorous properties located in the UK, Argentina, Europe and Canada. Since retiring and moving to Kinloch Rannoch five year ago, Thomas’s mobility has unfortunately become more restricted which he found extremely hard to accept after completing such an internationally-based career.
His quality of life dramatically changed however when he discovered the ‘Harley Davidson’ style mobility scooter from TGA. Designed to reflect the characteristics of a motorcycle, the black and chrome TGA Supersport provides a visual statement along with rugged performance. As used by many of the UK’s Disabled Ramblers, the Supersport has an impressive and trusted heritage for stability, manoeuvrability and the capability to handle off-road tracks and trails.
Thomas is a really vibrant character who now recalls his countless stories to friends and locals when travelling onboard his TGA scooter. Thomas explains: “I have been so lucky to fulfill the lifestyle and career I always wanted however the last few years have been more challenging. I still feel so young at heart but venturing out of my home was becoming so difficult until I owned my TGA Supersport – I reckon it has added an extra 10 years to my life! My local area is very countrified and I knew only a scooter such as this Supersport with off road capabilities would be suitable for tackling the many pathways that meander through the forests and around the loch. As I travel through the village, many tourists have already taken photos of me and I always offer the ladies a lift as a joke!”
Thomas concludes: “Being able to go out and see the amazing scenery in this part of Scotland is such a tonic and a simple trip to the country store now only takes 6-7 minutes. Prior to driving my Supersport, I had to walk there and back which took a good 45 minutes and involved struggling with shopping bags. Now I just load up and go! I proudly fly the Saint Andrew’s Cross on the back of my scooter and regularly travel around the loch with digestive biscuits and a ‘flask with a sensation’ housed in my basket. These adventures may not be as glamorous as all the prestigious properties I have worked in around the world, but I can honestly say they are enormous fun and far better than being house bound.”