Monday, September 9, 2013
Scheme helps give people with mobility problems a new lease of life.
A Honiton woman has praised the tireless work of a local volunteer who has helped those with mobility problems to get a new lease of life.
Terry Jankowski recently received two mobility scooters as part of the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme, which was set up by Carol Gilson in memory of her husband Joe.
“Carol works tirelessly, and voluntarily to give disabled people, who have mobility problems, scooters that have been kindly donated by people or families who no longer need them,” says Terry.
“I would like to thank the very kind people who have donated scooters, and let them know how much their scooters change lives.”
Terry, who has suffered with a disability since 1994 and was housebound for more than 16 years, says having the scooters has transformed her life.
“When my son bought a little puppy, I longed to be able to “walk” with them but it wasn’t possible for my son to manage a wheelchair and a boisterous little pup. I couldn’t afford a new mobility scooter but, through the grapevine, heard about Carol’s scheme.
“She was so helpful and friendly, and within a few weeks she gave me two lovely scooters - one for going out locally and a portable one for the car. I can’t begin to tell you how brilliant it was for me to be able to move around outdoors, completely independently, after so many years.
“To see my son and our little pup Benji walking and playing and to be able to chat to people on our trips is an amazing experience.”
Terry would like to encourage more people to donate any scooters that are no longer needed and help change someone’s life.
She added: “Your donation will help a disabled person get their life back and give them the independence they so desperately need.”
For more information about the scheme call the Midweek Herald on 01392 888485.