Alf Jackson, 84 from Warrington, Cheshire, is a real ‘character’ and retired Fire fighter who despite living with worsening Arthritis, has been able to enhance his independence even further with a second TGA award-winning mobility scooter.
Alf has lived in the same area all his life and was originally born in Warrington. He now lives with his two rescue dogs, Lady the Lurcher and Sammy the Bedlington Terrie, in the brand new £9.5 million care village ‘Belong Warrington’. Alf is well known in the local area thanks to his impressive mobility scooter, a TGA Breeze S4, which is the same model that won the BBC Top Gear Extreme Mobility Scooter challenge in 2012. Alf uses his robust 8mph mobility scooter, which was partly funded by the Firefighters Charity, to walk his dogs and enjoy visiting rural areas as he finds walking extremely difficult. This independence has been recently furthered by Alf’s decision to purchase a second TGA mobility scooter – a more compact Breeze Midi 3 for accessing the shops and meeting friends close by. This model holds the prestigious international Red Dot award for product design and its three-wheel design, combines exceptional manoeuvrability with smooth stability.
Alf joined the Fire Brigade in 1957. During a career that spanned nearly 30 years, Alf rose to the rank of Station Officer in 1968 and Residential Fire Officer in 1978. This rise through the ranks continued alongside his sporting achievements as he set up the Fire fighter’s Volleyball League and achieved official coaching status. Being able to stay fit was critical for Alf when bravely tackling fires, however in the last few years his mobility has become very restricted and relies on his TGA scooters to remain independent.
Alf explains: “I was one of the very first residents to move into Belong Warrington. My dogs and I are really enjoying our new lives here, I keep inviting all my friends to come and look around the village to see how lucky we are. Being a Firefighter all my life, I have always been safety conscious and always like a back-up plan. This is why I prefer to have two of everything, hence choosing a second scooter from TGA. I completely trust my original Breeze S4 scooter as it has never let me down, it?s just that sometimes I need a smaller set of wheels for driving in and out of shops. If it is raining, then I continue to use my larger Breeze as it has an all-weather canopy and when sunny, my Breeze Midi is just the job for shorter runs. All my fellow residents here at Belong Warrington are really impressed with these TGA scooters and I know my dogs love their owner walking them again. I’m really lucky to still have the help of dog walkers now and again, however I’m sure Lady and Sammy are happier to be with me. I?m so chuffed that the care village management team have allowed me to keep my dogs and have provided charging and storage facilities for my scooters. Without both the companionship of Lady and Sammy and the freedom my TGA scooter provides, I would be really lost.”
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concludes: “We are always delighted to hear how our customers are continuing to enjoy their freedom, none more so than Alf. As he now owns a larger 8mph Breeze and a compact 4mph Breeze Midi, Alf can benefit from the best of both worlds in terms of mobility provision. The highly reliable Breeze family is a trusted TGA brand that delivers proven independence with peace of mind to so many individuals living with restricted mobility across the UK. The fact that Alf’s care village is focused on maximising inclusion is commendable and we hope his current level of happiness and contentment continues for many years to come.”