6'6" Paul Begg, 57 from Torphins near Aberdeen and disabled ex-Scots Guard, has been able to access his beloved Scottish countryside again thanks to a spacious and rugged Breeze mobility scooter donated by the UK's oldest Armed Forces charity, SSAFA.
Father of 10-year-old son Mitchell, Paul found his time in the Army thoroughly rewarding and was a drummer in the Corps of Drums band. However he was forced to take early retirement due to knee problems and subsequently his mobility has become severely restricted from other issues. Paul has undergone several major back operations in an attempt to relieve pressure on his spinal cord however he still experiences continual pain. This coupled with difficulties walking, has led to Paul seeking a mobility scooter that would give him independence outdoors. He was also desperate to access his local countryside once more however with restricted mobility, this was simply not possible without a suitable scooter with off-road capabilities. Plus with his height at 6'6", Paul found it impossible to source a suitable scooter that would accommodate him until he discovered the TGA Breeze.
The capabilities of the award-winning Breeze were first highlighted to Paul in a clip from BBC TV's Top Gear programme. During this episode, the Top Gear presenters competed against disabled army veterans, one on a TGA Breeze, in an extreme mobility scooter challenge on the Welsh Brecon Beacons. The Breeze managed to reach a steep summit first as it successfully tackling rocky paths and muddy slopes.
Paul explains: "When I first saw the TGA Breeze GT in action on BBC Top Gear, I couldn't believe what it could do, what a machine. I missed seeing the local wildlife such as deer and squirrels so much, I wanted my freedom back. So I first approached the Royal British Legion to see if they could help me with funds towards a scooter and they kindly directed me to SSAFA. SSAFA have been brilliant and through their support and generosity I have been able to take ownership of a new Breeze S4 GT with extra wide rear wheels and increased performance. This difference it has made is massive. I can go out on my own and with its added grip, climbing local hills is 'nae bother' to the surprise of my son. The suspension keeps me stable and even at 57 with a disability, I feel like I've had a new lease of life. Thank you so much SSAFA."