Richard Rowe, retired soldier aged 87 from East Ayrshire, has been able to continue living independently and visiting his late wife’s grave thanks to a TV-famed Breeze mobility scooter from TGA.
Originally from north Norfolk, Richard served in the British Army for 27 years and saw active service around the world including Northern Ireland, Singapore and Malaysia. When retirement came, Richard returned home and decided to move to Edinburgh due to family commitments. Alongside his wife, Richard became a successful landlord of two pubs ‘an ex-soldier’s dream job’ as he explains, with the latter been located in Ayrshire.
Now living independently in Patna near Ayr, Richard continues to remember the good times and still remains mobile despite mobility difficulties. This freedom is possible thanks to a Breeze S4 mobility scooter which is famous for winning the BBC Top Gear extreme scooter challenge. As a robust scooter with off road capabilities, Richard’s Breeze allows him to access his local rural community and visit the cemetery where his wife rests in peace. Plus, with a new type of all-weather rigid canopy, he can continue to enjoy attending his lunch club without getting wet in the rain.
Richard explains: “My daughter first saw the Breeze in a magazine and said ‘Dad’ that’s what you need’. Harry from TGA came to see me and he was marvelous, Honestly I have never met someone so helpful in all my life…there are not many people like him I’m sure. Everything about my scooter is fantastic, I am very very very happy with it.”
Richard continues: “I am so lucky to live in this valley; all the folk are so special. When I used to serve all the miners in the pub, they would do anything for my wife and I. They would come in as black as the ace of spades and really enjoy my wife’s cooking. I can now go to talk to my wife three times a week on my scooter and see my friends at the club. Plus, I can take my dog Alfie out for a walk, he’s my pride and joy. Alfie’s a nine-year-old Shiatzu who means the world to me…he sits on my lap when I am driving. I am now looking at getting ramps so I can take my Breeze further in my daughter’s van. As my legs and back are unfortunately not great these days owning a Breeze has made all the difference.”