Kind Steven is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in his com­mu­nity

Glossop Advertiser - - Front Page - Sam Yar­wood

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.just­giv­­fund­ing/re­becca-mitchell

To see video on this story visit: manch­

Steven Sim­mons shakes hands with 80-year-old Jimmy McIl­venny, af­ter help­ing him to get a mo­bil­ity scooter

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