January 2015 - Christmas Arrived Early

Steven being presented with a TGA BreezeDespite living with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, Steven from Marnhull, Dorset, has been able to regain independence outdoors and re-live his passion for the countryside and point-to-point horseracing, thanks to a community-donated TGA Breeze mobility scooter with off-road capabilities. Before his condition became too severe, Steven owned a successful equestrian transportation business that fulfilled his love of the outdoors. Following the reluctant sale of his business, Steven was forced to spend considerably more time indoors with restrictions on his outdoor independence – this has just changed thanks to the support of his local community.

Instigated by the HSP Support Group and its relationship with The Old Thatch pub near Wimborne, donations have been raised to purchase a new, state-of-the-art TGA mobility scooter so Steven can once again access the countryside. Customers and staff at The Old Thatch pub have worked together to raise funds to purchase the new scooter. This is the same type of scooter that won the Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge, which was broadcast on BBC2. Steven will now be able to tackle local rural tracks and fields on his TGA scooter as it has an 8mph top speed, wide high-grip tyres and extra power and performance. Owning this Breeze has only been made possible by several fundraising activities since July. Donations have been gathered from a sponsored skydive by four members of pub staff and relatives, collection tins, live music, BBQ’s and car washing at The Old Thatch. These funds were dramatically increased when, in support of a local resident in need, the Sturminster Newton Round Table made a generous donation.

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