TGA recently joined an outing of the national Disabled Ramblers who travelled to Wells-next-to-the-Sea, Norfolk, for a countryside ramble on mobility scooters.
The Disabled Ramblers is a national charity that organises over 30 countryside rambles per year, in various locations nationwide and that attract approximately 500 disabled participants per annum. Each ramble is carefully preplanned and graded according to terrain, so mobility scooter users can chose routes that fall within their own ability. Each ramble attracts around 20 riders with supporters and the recent event on the north Norfolk coast was equally as popular. Members pro-actively campaign for improved countryside access by encouraging the removal of inaccessible man-made barriers whilst preserving the character of the natural environment. The Disabled Ramblers have covered over 2,000 miles of off-road trails so far and always welcome new members, whilst sharing their knowledge and experience with everyone.
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director and Natasza Telfer, TGA Trade Area Sales Manager and injured war veteran attended this recent ramble, as they believe the work of the charity to be invaluable. Being able to access and enjoy the outdoors with peace of mind is essential for disabled individuals in terms of improved health and well-being. At TGA we aim to deliver carefree independence outdoors and our 'Harley Davidson style' Supersport model is commonly chosen by Disabled Ramblers for its off-road capabilities.
Daniel commented: "After meeting one of the charity's organisers at the recent Naidex National exhibition, I decided it would be good for myself and another member of staff to join a local ramble. This would give us the opportunity to understand more about the group and the specific needs of disabled individuals who regularly access countryside routes. The Disabled Ramblers are an incredibly active group who do a huge amount of work to organise a variety of nationwide rambles that allow people to enjoy the outdoors safely in a group. Joining in gave us a good insight into the association and it was great to see our TGA Supersport being thoroughly used and tested. We knew this was one of the easier category 2 rambles and our Breeze S4 or Supersport would cope without any issues. In addition our Breeze S4 GT Max with wider rear wheels and Vita X with independent front suspension are ideal for off road use. Members regularly choose a TGA mobility scooter to take part as they deliver stability, reliability and excellent off-road performance with a battery range that can extend over 30 miles. As my 26-year-old colleague Natasza is a disabled veteran from the Iraq war, she enjoyed joining the group on a TGA Breeze that is similar to the version that took part in the BBC Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge in 2012. It was thoroughly enjoyable to spend time out of the office with such happy and determined people. We hope to increase our support of the Disabled Ramblers as summer approaches so that more individuals living with restricted mobility can experience the countryside in a secure and safe manner."
Valerie Rawlings, Disabled Ramblers Secretary from the New Forest, Hampshire, concluded: "It was lovely to meet Daniel and Nastaza on our recent ramble around Wells-next-to-the-Sea, what a beautiful place. I have always been delighted with my TGA Supersport and feel extremely safe and capable over most terrains. In the four years I have had mine I find it copes with nearly everything I throw at it! We had another super day at Holkham Hall after this outing and I look forward to discussing how Daniel and his team can support us further in the future."