COLCHESTER FATHER AND DAUGHTER INJURED WAR HEROES ENJOY SILVERSTONE BRITCAR EVENT THANKS TO TGA AND HELP FOR HEROES
To thank them for their military bravery, Natasha Telfer, injured ex Lance Bombardier and her father Colonel Stephen Telfer MBE of the Royal Scots, were delighted to be able to attend the British Endurance Championships at Silverstone on 2nd October courtesy of tickets from Help for Heroes and a mobility scooter from TGA.
Natasza, 26 from Colchester, served in the British Army for seven years and was stationed all over the world, which included Germany, Canada, Cyprus and ultimately Iraq. Responsible for intelligence during the coalition's war against Saddam Hussein, Natasza experienced front-line action, which unfortunately led to her sustaining trauma to the legs. Now living with a disabling nerve disease and needing a wheelchair and crutches to remain mobile, life in 'Civvy Street' can sometimes be difficult for Natasza. However she has recently gained a new job at the leading mobility specialist called TGA based in Sudbury, Suffolk. Military prowess runs in Natasza's family as her Father was a senior commissioned officer who served for over 30 years in the Royal Scots and again was involved heavily with combat in the Gulf. Awarded with an MBE, Stephen has also served across the world and in his later career was responsible for training official military personnel in volatile countries such as Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Now taking more of an advisory role for a civilian organisation, Stephen has been involved with certain military charities such as the ABF, SSAFA and Help for Heroes.
This recent donation of Silverstone tickets by Help for Heroes and the loan of a Vita scooter and van from Natasza's new employers TGA were just the tonic they both needed. Natasza explains: "Life for myself can be pretty tough sometimes now that I live with this disabling condition, however my new position at TGA has helped me turn a corner. The guys at TGA are so understanding of my needs and the family-run atmosphere is a real pleasure to work in. When they heard that Dad and I had been given these tickets to say thanks for our contributions to national security, the TGA team immediately offered me a new Vita mobility scooter and transporting vehicle with ramps for the day. We had a fantastic day out at Silverstone watching part of the 24 hour Britcar Championships which was thrilling to see. We met up with 'Hero' the Help for Heroes mascot, who was collecting on behalf of the charity along with other fundraisers and enjoyed a tour of the track, which included visiting the pits and driving the Vita on the actual Silverstone track! The orange-coloured funky Vita I was riding attracted loads of attention from many of the motor-racing fans during the day and many of them wanted one even if they had mobility problems or not! As it's radical design is so unique, it doesn't look like a traditional mobility scooter which really appeals to many people.
As we neared the end of the day, my Dad was pretty tired too, so he took over the controls and drove the Vita back to the van which was fun to see."
Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager who recruited Natasza concludes: "After only talking to Natasza for five minutes, I knew she was a very special person. Bearing in mind what she has been through, she is so positive and is developing into a real asset for this business. We were delighted to hear that she had been given these tickets by Help for Heroes as Natasza and her father fully deserve them when you consider the sacrifices they have made. Loaning her the Vita and transporting vehicle was a real pleasure for us and it was good to be associated with Help for Heroes again, after our support of MS war hero Simon Angel 15,000 scooter fundraiser earlier in the year."