Susan Mallows, 51 from Romford, has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and difficulties walking, however she has been able to continue enjoying shopping and exercising with the assistance of a pioneering new type of TGA mobility scooter.
Susan is a lovely lady who was unfortunately diagnosed with MS aged 32. MS is a neurological condition that affects around 100,000 people in the UK and symptoms can include fatigue, vision problems and difficulties with walking. Susan’s balance and walking problems meant she had to retire early from her secretarial career at the local council. Nevertheless she continued to support her busy husband Terry who also worked for the council as a public sector architect, hence how they met. Now both retired, the Mallows are making the most out of life with a love for shopping, gardening and holidays. Susan has used a mobility scooter for many years to remain mobile outdoors, however their level and range of freedom has recently increased thanks to a remarkable new type of scooter – the TGA Minimo.
The TGA Minimo is a 4mph, lightweight mobility scooter that can be folded single-handedly into a compact size by activating a simple lever. It requires no parts to be dismantled for storage and once folded, it can easily be lifted into a car boot so ideal for days out. Susan’s version also has a revolutionary lithium battery, which is so lightweight, it can literally be raised with one finger. Her Minimo perfectly fits in their Citroen C3 car so enjoying independent mobility further afield is possible. Susan said: “What a difference my Minimo has made, I love it. Shopping has always been a big part of my life and now accessing Lakeside and Bluewater is no bother at all. We keep the Minimo in the car and when we go out we simply take it out, unfold and go. Driving around shops is hassle free as it is so manoeuvrable and as I can take my own scooter with me, it saves me from having to pre-book a hired one. Being able to go out on your own terms is brilliant and my Minimo allows me to visit my local special needs exercise classes.”
Terry added: “Before the Minimo, we had previously owned two TGA scooters. These were excellent models, however the fact the Minimo folds in one piece is a big bonus to me when it comes to convenience. We did look at scooters from other suppliers, however, as we had previously received such great service from TGA in the past, we decided to stick with them. The lithium battery is quite a remarkable piece of design as it is so lightweight and I know without Susan’s Minimo, we simply couldn’t get around and enjoy time out together.”