Kind Steven is making a difference in his community
AKIND- HEARTED man is making a huge difference in his community by getting struggling pensioners their own sets of wheels.
Steven Simmons has been helping out his elderly neighbours in Tameside by making it his life’s mission to make sure they have mobility scooters to get around.
The 31-year-old was inspired to lend a hand after he spotted an old woman pushing her husband up a hill in a wheelchair in Hyde.
Immediately, Steven jumped out of the van he was in and went over to help.
A video of him pushing the man was posted on social media and was shared hundreds of times by users praising him for his good deed.
Not long afterwards, Steven, who works in waste management, got a message offering him two mobility scooters for the couple at a next to nothing price, so he bought them and went and dropped them off.
He said: “I saw her pushing him up the hill and I just had to get out and help.
“My friend filmed it and put it on Facebook – it was shared loads and then I got a message off a guy saying he had two mobility scooters and did I want them.
“I got them for next to nothing and took them to the couple I’d helped.
“They were so grateful, it was lovely to see how happy I’d made them. It makes you feel nice seeing the smiles on their faces and you just want to keep helping.”
In less than two weeks, Steven, along with friends Paul Cooper and Rebecca Mitchell, has helped more than half a dozen people in the Tameside area battling with mobility problems.
He explained: “People have been donating mobility scooters and batteries and I’ve been taking them to people who need them.
“One woman hadn’t been able to use her mobility scooter for over a year because she couldn’t afford a new battery, so we helped her out and now she’s able to get out again.
“We also got a mobility scooter for my mate’s grandad – he’s been so good to me over the years and it felt great to be able to give something back. It really is amazing. My friend also set up a fundraising page so we can buy more scooters which raised more than £400 in 24 hours.”
So far the fundraising page is at £425 – almost a quarter of the way to the £2,000 target.
To support Steven’s fundraising campaign, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rebecca-mitchell
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Steven Simmons shakes hands with 80-year-old Jimmy McIlvenny, after helping him to get a mobility scooter