Mobility gift gives new life
Val King is now mobile. Despite not having the budget for a mobility scooter, the septuagenarian, who is partially aphasic as the result of a stroke 20 years ago, has a new second-hand set of wheels and newfound independence.
It’s the result of an unexpectedly generous donation.
‘‘A family whose parent passed away contacted us to see if we would like a mobility scooter,’’ Age Concern’s Fern Brooking said.
‘‘I was talking to Val about the difference a mobility scooter would make to her just a week before, but she said she wouldn’t be able to afford this.’’
Brooking was able to drive the donated scooter around to King’s place and surprise her with it.
‘‘What a neat experience,’’ Brooking said of her delivery ride. ‘‘I can see how this would give someone a new sense of freedom.’’
King was looking forward to being able to get herself to the shops. She had a hip operation five years ago, and needed a walking frame to keep herself steady.
King’s niece, Deniece Marsh, has been helping her aunt learn to ride in the car park of the housing estate where she lives.
‘‘After the first week she was a completely different person.’’
Marsh said King was an independent woman before she had her stroke, and she had been helping her aunt learn to communicate again.
If people took the trouble to talk to her they would find that her aunt was ‘‘quite a character’’.
‘‘After the first week she was a completely different person.’’ Deniece Marsh
Val King pilots her new second-hand set of wheels watched by her niece and driving instructor, Deniece Marsh.