Honiton mobility scheme keeps on helping those in need

PUBLISHED: 10:54 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:07 02 June 2017

Carol Gilson.

Carol Gilson.

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The Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme has now helped another person in need - a 79-year-old stroke victim who lives in Torquay.

It is a scheme that just keeps on giving - and has so far assisted hundreds of people across the country and world.

The Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme has now helped another person in need - a 79-year-old stroke victim who lives in Torquay.

He is the latest in a long line of people who have benefitted from the scheme, launched by Honiton stalwart Carol Gilson following the death of her husband Joe.

Such is the success of the scheme, hundreds of aids have been donated - and it is a figure that is continuing to rise as Carol’s project becomes more and more well-known.

Carol, who lives in Orchard Way, set up the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme when her husband died in 2008, which left her with his scooter.

After giving the machine away through an ad in the Herald, Carol realised more people were in need of disability aids, as nearly 40 people responded.

Several years on, her scheme evolved into a lifeline for people struggling with mobility issues.

Speaking to the Herald, Carol said: “The scheme is absolutely marvellous - what I would like to do before I pass to another place is have the scheme up and running in every town and city across the country.

“There is still a great demand for these aids and I would love for people to donate any aids they do not need, which I can pass on to others for free.”

Carol said she is ‘amazed’ at the number of people she has helped so far, adding: “I am very humbled.

“It all started with one scooter and it snowballed.

“People do not realise the great need out there - they can not afford things.

“It’s lovely to see people’s faces of surprise when you give them an aid and say ‘It’s free.’”

So far, Carol has given away the following aids:

• 280 electric scooters

• 104 electric wheelchairs

• 90 shop walkers

• 210 walking sticks

• 92 manual wheelchairs

• 4 stair lifts

• 30 ramps

• 90 adjustable shower stools

• 100 adjustable toilet seats

To donate to her scheme, email carol.gilson@hotmail.com or call her on 01404 43341.

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