DISABLED EDDIE STOBART SUPER-FAN KEEPS TRUCKIN’ ON CUSTOMISED TGA ‘HARLEY DAVIDSON STYLE’ MOBILITY SCOOTER

Martin Radford, 30 from Kidderminster who lives with Cerebral Palsy and other life limiting conditions, has been able to maintain his independence and continue with his Eddie Stobart hobby thanks to a customised ‘Harley Davidson’ TGA mobility scooter.

Martin Radford from Kidderminster, who lives with Cerebral Palsy, has been able to maintain his independence and continue with his Eddie Stobart hobby thanks to a customised ‘Harley Davidson’ TGA mobility scooter.

Martin Radford from Kidderminster, who lives with Cerebral Palsy, has been able to maintain his independence and continue with his Eddie Stobart hobby thanks to a customised ‘Harley Davidson’ TGA mobility scooter.

Martin is a fantastic, bubbly character who is a passionate fan of Eddie Stobart, the well-known road haulage company. He owns a TGA Supersport that has been modified to display the corporate colours of the company and Martin regularly wears Eddie Stobart clothing when out ‘truckin’ on his mobility scooter. Martin has been a member of the fan club for over five years now, has attended special Eddie Stobart events and has recently returned from Truck Fest in Malvern where he rode his scooter with pride. Martin’s mobility scooter is a black and chrome Supersport that resembles a Harley Davison style motorbike more than a traditional looking scooter. He uses it most days when he is well enough and in addition to his passion for Eddie Stobart, Martin can be regularly found down at the local Stourport marina photographing wildlife with a helper or at the Seven Valley Steam Railway.

Martin was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at an early age and also lives with many other conditions including chronic Asthma and Rheumatoid Arthritis. One of his other conditions is very rare and is known as Churg-Strauss Vasculitis syndrome, which is life-limiting and causes inflammation of blood vessels. This was discovered to affect Martin in 2006 and which lead to his need for more assistance with mobility. This condition only normally affects individuals aged over 40, which makes Martin’s situation, even more unique. His Cerebral Palsy is categorised within the autism spectrum so he has difficulties with learning, reading and writing. Nevertheless, he has shown superb skills and passion for photography. In addition he has recently been assisting the local NHS with its development of better support services for people with learning difficulties especially in GP Surgeries, clinical appointments and admission to hospital. Involved as a volunteer, Martin has been working closely with his Community Nurse for Learning Disabilities so that GP’s, hospital staff and other professionals can improve healthcare services within Worcestershire through better understanding.

Martin comments: “I love my TGA Supersport, especially as a friend of mine helped me spray it in Eddie Stobart colours. I use it around town, to visit my mates and even in the snow which is really good fun. It’s big wheels are great for traction over rough ground and I take it on holiday too so I can drive along the coast. The fact that my Supersport doesn’t look like a mobility scooter is great for me as I am only 30. I am a massive fan of Eddie Stobart and have been lucky enough to visit the Chesterfield lorry depot on my scooter when a special event has taken place. To see all the trucks lined up was fantastic – a spotter’s dream! I really enjoy being a member of the fan club and I bet there is no one else who has an Eddie Stobart stylised mobility scooter!”

Martin’s mother, Sue Houghton, supports and cares for Martin on a daily basis. She too is a remarkable individual with a very positive attitude and has purchased a trailer for the family car so Martin’s Supersport can be easily transported further afield. Martin’s model of TGA scooter is also regularly chosen by members of the Disabled Ramblers association, as it is renowned for superb performance, power and range when used offroad.

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CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME ROSIE REGAINS INDEPENDENCE FOLLOWING NATIONAL TGA MOBILITY SCOOTER COMPETITION WIN

Rosie Chappell, 36 from Swindon who lives with mobility-restricting Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, has regained her freedom after winning a TGA Eclipse mobility scooter in a national competition.

Shaun Finch presents Rosie Chappell, 36 from Swindon and Able national competition winner, with her new Eclipse mobility scooter from TGA.

Shaun Finch presents Rosie Chappell, 36 from Swindon and Able national competition winner, with her new Eclipse mobility scooter from TGA.

Despite living with severely limited mobility and constant pain, Rosie is a fantastic, bubbly individual who lives in Westlea, West Swindon. Originally born in Bristol, she has lived in Swindon for over four years with her husband and is assisted at home by various carers.  She lives with continual long-term tiredness and pain that severely affects her everyday life. Rosie had spent over a year searching and saving for a mobility scooter before winning this competition, as independent walking outside was extremely limited. She was desperate for a solution so when she saw the TGA competition in Able magazine, Rosie entered and managed to win the top prize, a free Eclipse mobility scooter. This fantastic result has also meant that Rosie could visit her mother independently in hospital, as she was allowed to use her new compact mobility scooter between wards.

Rosie explains: “My neurological condition means that I have been pretty much housebound for many years, mainly relying on my husband and/or carers to help me physically get out and about. I can still drive my car on a very limited basis but walking with my husband, especially in the local countryside and parks was simply never going to happen. That was until I won this national competition! I am so thrilled as I have never won anything like this before and my new Eclipse has already made a massive difference to my life. Thanks to the TGA Eclipse and my husband John, I have finally been able to fulfill our simple dream of going out for gentle strolls together. It has also enabled me to visit my Mum in hospital without having to be pushed in a wheelchair, which was great. On the better days with my health conditions, I now have this amazing way of being independent.”

“My new Eclipse was delivered by such a lovely man, Shaun Finch from TGA and has come exactly at the right time bearing in mind the current weather.  John and I have found the Eclipse very easy to take further afield in the boot of his BMW 5 series saloon car.  In fact my husband commented how much easier it is to put in the boot than the wheelchair. The fact that it quickly dismantles is brilliant and we still have plenty of space in the boot when it’s onboard.”

Rosie concludes: “I’d been to the Naidex exhibition before winning this competition and was already impressed with the TGA range. The fact that I’ve ended up winning one of these for free is a real bonus! I was given a choice of colours so went for a happy, vibrant green and my Eclipse is nippy and easy to drive. Hopefully I can take it on holiday soon as I could have really done with it on my vacation earlier in the year. The fact that I have a disability, even though I do not look disabled, still surprises some people, especially when they consider my age. I think it is important that mobility equipment continues to develop for a younger audience. Thanks so much TGA for making my year!”

The TGA Eclipse is the UK’s leading compact scooter that quickly dissembles into three easy-to-lift parts that slot into the boot of an average sized car. It has a range of up to 15km (9miles) and is compliant for travel on buses and trams, managed by operators who have signed up to a new accessibility code.

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TRUE HIGHLANDER DRIVES WITH A REAL BREEZE UNDER HIS KILT THANKS TO TGA MOBILITY SCOOTER!

Retired veteran Frank Liddle, 62 from the Kentra Highlands in northwest Scotland, is a true Scotsman with mobility issues, who wears traditional national attire everyday and has just regained his independence thanks to a TGA Breeze mobility scooter.

Frank Liddle, 62 from north-west Scotland, is a true Highlander who wears traditional national attire everyday and has just regained his independence thanks to a TGA Breeze mobility scooter.

Frank Liddle, 62 from north-west Scotland, is a true Highlander who wears traditional national attire everyday and has just regained his independence thanks to a TGA Breeze mobility scooter.

Originally born in Glasgow and now retired, Frank enjoyed a 40-year career working in the Highlands supporting the local Crofters with general building maintenance. During this time he also served in the Army with the Royal Scots Borders for 10 years and was stationed all around the world including Kenya and Nairobi. He now lives near the west coast of Scotland in an extremely rural area, north of the Isle of Mull and which is renowned for natural beauty. Due to long-term medical issues, Frank has been unable to continue with his busy professional activities and now lives with restricted mobility. Walking was becoming increasingly difficult for Frank, which meant accessing the local stores three miles away, was impossible until he discovered the TGA Breeze mobility scooter.

Frank can now easily negotiate the rural terrain around his home on a TGA Breeze GT, which proved its off-road capabilities by winning the BBC Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge last year.  During the broadcast a Breeze competed against the Top Gear presenters and this GT version, with wider rear wheels and additional torque successfully scaled a Brecon Beacons summit. This proven performance will now enhance Frank’s lifestyle in the Highlands as he lives in such a rugged and rural area. He proudly wears his traditional Scottish kilt, sporran and bonnet everyday on the Breeze as he ‘enjoys the experience’ and is regularly photographed by tourists at the local ferry port.

Frank explains: “My Breeze is brilliant, you cannae beat it! I have lived in Kentra now nine years and have just recently returned home from time in hospital. My health is not good but wearing my traditional kilt everyday really helps. When I was working I began wearing it regularly as it was easier to climb ladders, however the lassies would always try and look up it! Now I have retired I have decided to wear the full kit and regularly carry my Claymore on the Breeze for effect. My 13-year-old Collie dog ‘Stan the Man’ goes everywhere with me as I live alone, including when I have been photographed at the local port by tourists. I always say to them ‘Welcome to Scotland!’ as they arrive on the ferry and tell then a tale or two. Now I have my new Breeze, my life at home has changed dramatically. I can visit the local store with ease and regularly enjoy fishing in the Loch with Stan by my side. The rough ground, marshy conditions and big potholes are nee bother for my Breeze however I am always careful to know my limits. The all weather canopy is great as we don’t get sun here and when it’s raining it keeps my really dry. My dog is now getting on a bit, like his master, so it maybe time for him to jump aboard soon when I’m out and about.”

Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concludes: “It is fantastic to see the difference our Breeze has made to Frank’s lifestyle in only a matter of weeks. This GT version with its off road capabilities, has also been chosen by James Pagram who is attempting a 101-mile, 4-day charity fundraiser across the English South Downs in August for the MS Society. Its impressive performance on Top Gear clearly highlighted to the nation that quality, reliable mobility scooters such as those from TGA can open up a whole new world of freedom, wherever you live.”

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TGA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES NEW VITA LITE MOBILITY SCOOTER AND ANNOUNCES NEW WORLD RECORD CHALLENGE AT 30TH MOBILITY ROADSHOW

On Stand B74 at the 30th Anniversary Mobility Roadshow (27–29 June, Telford International Centre), the award winning mobility specialist TGA, successfully launched its new Vita Lite mobility scooter and hosted Steve Tarrant’s announcement to tackle a new mobility scooter world record in 2014.

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The TGA team successfully launched the new, compact TGA Vita Lite mobility scooter at the 30th Anniversary Mobility Roadshow  (Stand B74, 27–29 June, Telford International Centre).

The TGA team successfully launched the new, compact TGA Vita Lite mobility scooter at the 30th Anniversary Mobility Roadshow
(Stand B74, 27–29 June, Telford International Centre).

The Vita Lite represents a breakthrough in compact mobility scooter design and has been developed by TGA to meet the growing demand for smaller models. As part of the pioneering and popular Vita range, this new Lite model encompasses all the cutting-edge styling, performance and comfort associated with the brand whilst providing a highly manoeuvrable chassis. Active suspension results in a smooth and stable ride that reflects the experience normally only associated with larger scooters and ensures maximum safety for owners. The new Vita Lite has independent suspension on each front wheel that provides additional stability when mounting kerbs at an angle or negotiating uneven terrain.

Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director explained: “The Mobility Roadshow has once again proved to be successful for TGA with our representatives busy all three days of the event, particularly on the Saturday. The new Vita Lite generated high levels of interest from visitors as many were already aware of the brand’s pedigree due to the popularity of the Standard, Sport, Midi and off-road ‘X’ versions. We continually listen, understand and respond to the changing needs of end users and the recent trend towards more compact mobility scooters, will be further satisfied by the launch of the Vita Lite. With the nation’s favourite Eclipse and new folding Minimo car boot scooter, the new Vita Lite adds to the leading, compact scooter choice available from TGA.”

Coinciding with the unveiling of the Vita Lite on Stand B74, Steve Tarrant, Roadshow Ambassador and disabled Motorsport Marshal, officially announced his intention to tackle a new Guinness World Record on a TGA Vita X mobility scooter. The ‘JoGLE Challenge’ will involve Steve attempting to travel from John O’Groats to Land’s End in the shortest time ever on a mobility scooter during late Spring/early Summer next year. He intends to tackle this epic journey on a TGA Vita X as it is renowned for its reliability and off-road capabilities. Steve will be raising funds for two charities during the attempt – MacMillan Cancer Support who cared for his late mother and Accessible Motorsport, a not-for-profit motorsport organisation for disabled drivers. TGA will be supporting Steve with the loan of a Vita X, on call engineers and a series of spare batteries and parts for his rolling pit crew to use as the challenge takes place. The current, official Guinness World Record stands at 24 days and 9 hours, which Steve plans to smash as his Vita X will have a single charge range of approximately 30 miles.

Steve Tarrant, Roadshow Ambassador, Big Society Award winner and disabled Motorsport marshal, announces his new World Record mobility scooter challenge for 2014 on a TGA Vita X at the 30th Mobility Roadshow.

Steve Tarrant, Roadshow Ambassador, Big Society Award winner and disabled Motorsport marshal, announces his new World Record mobility scooter challenge for 2014 on a TGA Vita X at the 30th Mobility Roadshow.

Steve Tarrant, 51 from Poole, is an inspirational individual who survived a highly publicised near-fatal crash incident at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2000. Steve lost a leg above the knee and suffered multiple injuries when an F1 racing car collided with him at over 100mph whilst marshaling on the finish line at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Steve managed to miraculously pull through the aftermath of this terrible accident and now marshals at over 30 international motorsport events per year such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, Petit Le Mans at Atlanta and Goodwood meetings. During 2012 Steve was selected as a medal bearing Games Maker for the Olympics and Paralympic sailing events in Weymouth. This subsequently led to him receiving the Big Society Award from David Cameron at 10 Downing Street and appearing on BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Prior to Steve’s involvement in the Games, he attempted an epic 24-hour world record challenge at the 2012 Mobility Roadshow, which has now led to a different attempt in 2014.

Steve concludes: “I would like to thank TGA for its support once more with my 2014 challenge. JoGLE presents a really exciting opportunity to push myself even further than the 2012 world record attempt. I have already started building my support team and feel confident that my chosen machine, the TGA Vita X, has the capabilities to meet all the varied terrain and driving conditions I might face. This challenge will clearly reiterate to people across the UK who have restricted mobility, that TGA scooters have the performance and reliability to open up a wider world of carefree independence. Records are there to be broken and I plan to give it 100% commitment all the way.”

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1. The TGA team successfully launched the new, compact TGA Vita Lite mobility scooter at the 30th Anniversary Mobility Roadshow (Stand B74, 27–29 June, Telford International Centre).

 2. Steve Tarrant, Roadshow Ambassador, Big Society Award winner and disabled Motorsport marshal, announces his new World Record mobility scooter challenge for 2014 on a TGA Vita X at the 30th Mobility Roadshow.

TGA FAST TRACKS ‘HARLEY DAVIDSON’ TGA MOBILITY SCOOTER SO AWARD WINNING ARCHITECT WITH MS CAN HOLIDAY WITH FAMILY

Douglas Forrest from Aberdeenshire, is an award winning architect and founder of a leading and established Architectural Practice who lives with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and has regained his independence, thanks to a ‘Harley Davidson’ style Supersport mobility scooter from TGA.

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Douglas Forrest, an award-winning architect from Aberdeenshire living with MS, has regained his independence thanks to a Harley Davidson style Supersport mobility scooter from TGA.

Douglas Forrest, an award-winning architect from Aberdeenshire living with MS, has regained his independence thanks to a Harley Davidson style Supersport mobility scooter from TGA.

Douglas, 60 and originally from Cheshire, graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 1977. After working in Spain and London on both Private and Local Authority projects, he established his Architects Practice in 1981. Both his parents were from Glasgow, which led to the family returning back to Scotland when they retired in 1969. He is currently the co-director of award-winning Acanthus Architects df (AAdf), which is based in Huntly Aberdeenshire. AAdf consists of a core team of 10 talented individuals that embrace a broad spectrum of skill and experience in conservation, regeneration of buildings and new build. They work on large-scale commercial projects such as offices, schools, retail developments and student housing. Individual domestic projects span across Scotland and England and AAdf has close contacts and clients in Denmark and Norway. Current high profile projects include a new distillery for the famous Tullamore DEW Whisky in Ireland and the regeneration of the spectacular 18th century Wardhouse Palladian mansion and estate in Aberdeenshire.

Douglas was diagnosed with MS in 1977, the year he graduated from University and regards himself as lucky to only have experienced difficulties with walking since 2010. Outside of his busy career, Douglas recently organised a holiday with his family in the forest around Loch Lubnaig in the Trossachs National Park, Scotland. However the possibility of Douglas being able to join his family and enjoy the outdoors fully was looking highly unlikely, until Harry Reed representing TGA was able to supply a TGA Supersport mobility scooter at extremely short notice.

Douglas explains: “My family and I live in such a beautiful part of the world however mobility off road in such a rural environment had become more challenging for me. We live on a small estate that surrounds a Dutch Barn I converted which is now easy to access thanks to my off road Supersport. Several Acanthus projects are also underway on a larger 28-acre estate so I need to access the whole site quickly, which was becoming difficult with my MS. Now I have my rugged TGA mobility scooter I can drive with confidence to the construction sites and my recent holiday in the Trossachs was an absolute joy. I was able to spend time with my family on lengthy rambles through the forest and along the loch shores, enjoy seeing the wild flowers and BBQ outside – which only happened thanks to Harry from TGA managing to delivery my Supersport so quickly. I cannot stress enough the amazing difference this Harley Davidson looking machine has already made to my lifestyle and its stability and performance off-road has to be admired.”

The 8mph TGA Supersport is the mobility scooter of choice for many members of the nationwide Disabled Ramblers Association as it has the stability, manoeuvrability and power to handle most off road situations. Designed to reflect the characteristics of a motorcycle, the black and chrome TGA Supersport provides a visual statement which has led to it recently appearing in the latest Robbie Williams and Dizzee Rascal music video ‘Goin’ Crazy’.

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Picture caption:  Douglas Forrest, an award-winning architect from Aberdeenshire living with MS, has regained his independence thanks to a Harley Davidson style Supersport mobility scooter from TGA.

TGA AND MP TO SUPPORT 101’ERS SOUTH DOWNS MS SOCIETY FUNDRAISER WITH BBC TOP GEAR WINNING BREEZE MOBILITY SCOOTER

TGA, the UK’s leading mobility specialist, will be supporting James Pagram who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), as he attempts to drive a TGA Breeze mobility scooter 101 miles along the South Downs Way, between 9-12th August to raise funds for the MS Society.

James Pagram, 48 living with MS from Eastbourne, will attempt to drive 101 miles along the South Downs Way on a TGA Breeze mobility scooter between 9-12th August to raise funds for the MS Society. James is pictured here on his TGA Breeze alongside Stephen Lloyd MP (centre left) and his two support riders.

James Pagram, 48 living with MS from Eastbourne, will attempt to drive 101 miles along the South Downs Way on a TGA Breeze mobility scooter between 9-12th August to raise funds for the MS Society. James is pictured here on his TGA Breeze alongside Stephen Lloyd MP (centre left) and his two support riders.

James, 48 from Eastbourne, will be driving the same model that successfully won the BBC Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge last year. During this transmission, a disabled war veteran successfully reached the top of a rugged Welsh mountainside on a TGA Breeze whilst beating the Top Gear presenters who rode highly adapted mobility scooters. James will once again test the proven off-road capabilities of the TGA Breeze mobility scooter as he drives 101 miles cross-country from Winchester to Eastbourne so funds are raised for the MS Society. He will begin his journey at 9am on 9th August at Winchester Cathedral and then travel through Hampshire, East and West Sussex with an arrival planned at ‘The Pilot’ Public House, Meads (near Beachy Head) in Eastbourne between 3-6pm on 12th August.

Stephen Lloyd MP and Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for MS, will be joining James on Sunday 11th for five miles of the journey between Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon. James is actively encouraging all people affected by, or who has links with MS, to join him on his journey at any point during the four days. It is hoped Steve Tarrant, the disabled motorsport marshal and Mobility Roadshow Ambassador who plans to set a new world record on a TGA scooter in 2014, will be able to support James for a section of this South Downs challenge.

James completed a successful 20-year career working in the City of London as an Accountant and was diagnosed with MS in 1998. He continued with his 6am commute until 2003 when the affects of his MS resulted in early retirement. He is now the Treasurer of the Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society branch and has been planning this fundraiser for several months. James explains: “I own a robust, older version of the TGA Breeze however after contacting and meeting TGA at their Suffolk headquarters, the loan of the latest Breeze S4 became possible. The fact that this model was so successful climbing a muddy and rocky Brecon Beacons summit on BBC Top Gear, fills me with complete peace of mind for my forthcoming challenge. I will be riding alongside my friends James and Roger who will be supporting me on mountain bikes and TGA have provided all the technical training for the guys to efficiently change batteries. With heavy-duty batteries onboard we should be able to achieve 30 miles on each set dependent on weather and surface conditions.

James continues: “The South Downs 101’ers have two simple aims – to raise funds for the MS Society and heighten awareness of the condition. I invite everyone with links to MS to come and join me for all or part of the journey. The more people we get involved on scooters or bicycles, the more we can help people living with, or affected by MS. I am so looking forward to this road trip, it maybe difficult at times but I’m sure it will be enormous fun for myself and all involved.”

James has the full backing of the national MS Society and will have mechanical support from TGA for the first two days that will include batteries, chargers and on-call engineers. TGA are providing James with the latest Breeze S4 mobility scooter with wider rear wheels and additional torque so he has the power and performance to complete this off-road journey. Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concludes: “We believe the MS Society delivers invaluable support across the UK and the whole TGA team is proud to be associated with raising funds for this charity. We have met with James and believe his has the commitment and drive to successfully complete this 101-mile challenge. Bearing in mind his MS, James’ continued work for the MS Society is admirable and we wish him the very best of luck in raising donations for the charity. The TGA technical team will shortly begin preparing the Breeze S4 that will be loaned for this challenge and believe its proven track record for unsurpassed performance, will ensure James is capable of successfully tackling his off-road route with 100% reliability.”

We would encourage everyone to support James’ and his challenge by donating to the MS Society at his dedicated website: http://southdowns101ers.com

The South Downs 101’ers itinerary:
Day 1: 9th August: Winchester Cathedral (9am) – South Harting (6pm approx.)

Day 2: 10th August: South Harting (9am) – Steyning (6pm approx.)

Day 3: 11th August: Steyning (9am) – Rodmell (6pm approx.)
Join James on his trail between Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon, leaving Devil’s Dyke at 2pm. Supper at the Abergavenny Arms from 6pm

Day 4: 12th August: Rodmell (9am) – Meads (4pm approx.)
Join James for the final descent into Meads, leaving Beachy Head Inn at 3pm arriving at The Pilot, Meads around 4pm

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Picture caption:  James Pagram, 48 living with MS from Eastbourne, will attempt to drive 101 miles along the South Downs Way on a TGA Breeze mobility scooter between 9-12th August to raise funds for the MS Society. James is pictured here on his TGA Breeze alongside Stephen Lloyd MP (centre left) and his two support riders.