Mobility scheme donated 150th aid... and counting!

PUBLISHED: 17:30 15 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:09 19 January 2016

Carol Gilson.

Carol Gilson.

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

A Honiton scheme has donated its 150th scooter to a person in need - and its founder shows no sign of stopping her good deeds.

Carol Gilson, of 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 what it is today - a lifeline for people struggling with mobility issues.

And it has been quite the journey for Carol, who has so far given away the scooters, 76 walking sticks, 72 electric wheelchairs, 26 shop walkers and two stairlifts.

Also in that time, she was crowned a Honiton ‘Honoured Citizen’ – an award given by Honiton Town Council.

Speaking to the Herald, the 72-year-old said: “This is a scheme which anyone can do if they have the time and the care. These aids are given away all free of charge - the NHS will not take any of it back, which is a shame, so I give them away for free.

“The scheme made me better, as I needed something to do after I lost my husband.

“I have met so many lovely, kind people - and desperate people - and it has opened my eyes to what is going on in the town. I have made a lot of friends through this scheme - it has been amazing.”

The scheme is for all communities, Carol wants to stress.

“I have just given a gentleman from Slough a scooter for his father, who lives in Poland,” she added. “He told me his father needed one, and it’s now just gone to Poland - so my scheme has gone international!”

Carol said she will continue running the scheme until she cannot physically manage anymore, but is looking firmly ahead to this year.

She is also looking for more scooters to donate to people in need - anyone who can help should get in touch with her by calling 01404 43341.

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