When Alan and Carol Garner at mobility store MD Mobility heard long-standing customer Karen Fox was going to be tying the knot, they knew they’d help make the day extra special.
Karen had already part-exchanged her TGA Zest for a WHILL Model C, however, there was no way she could hold her flowers driving down the aisle. Alan gave Karen her scooter back for an extended loan so she could tie her flowers to the front basket and greet her husband-to-be, Roy, exactly as she wanted.
"We had such a memorable day, made so much easier with my Zest and powerchair,” Karen said. “It was so amazing having my scooter back for the ceremony so I could then transfer into my WHILL for the wedding reception.
“My WHILL had white trim which matched my dress. So many guests commented on how wonderful it was and it generated so much interest. I was able to move around independently in the tightest of spaces mingling with guests at the pub which wouldn't have been possible without assistance.
“Roy and I even had a bit of fun racing against each other at the wedding on our scooter and powerchair. We definitely entertained everyone during the day."
Since getting married, Karen has continued to use her WHILL for her work as a safeguarding and welfare officer for students. It dismantles and fits in the boot of her car so she can be driven to college by Roy.
"The best thing about my WHILL is the way it moves and turns on the spot," she says. "It's the perfect product for negotiating chairs and desks. I can access offices and teaching areas, getting into the tightest of spaces without hassle. I am comfortable all day long so stay in my WHILL without having to transfer out onto other chairs. I love the fact the battery charge is displayed in numbers, not bars. I can drive myself under desks so I can sit with good posture."
Away from work Karen is also able to independently enjoy the outdoors and walk her dog, Mojo. She regularly takes him to local parks and can walk him on a lead with control whilst driving.
But the award-winning and unique design has also been a big factor for Karen. "Personally, I feel people can sometimes regard you as being more disabled in a powered wheelchair than riding on a mobility scooter,” she concludes. “With my MS progressing I've had to change products to give me more support but did not want something that highlighted my increasing mobility challenges. This is why I own a WHILL. It is completely different – it makes me feel more able than disabled."
Photos credit to Adrian Harrison.