Despite living with restricted mobility, Marion Fletcher from mid-Wales, continues to enjoy independence and producing art with her Chihuahuas thanks to a cult-classic Supersport mobility scooter.
Marion lives with her musician partner and teenage son and since becoming disabled, enjoys all kinds of art including painting, sculpture and photography with an interest in landscapes and Portraiture. Marion has lived with Multiple Sclerosis since the late eighties however this has not stopped her raising money for charities. She has abseiled in aid of Arthritis UK and tackled the longest and fastest zip wire in Europe for M.S. Cymru.
Away from her charity challenges Marion has remained independent and able to continue exercising her two charming Chihuahuas thanks to a TGA ‘Harley Davidson’ style mobility scooter. This black and chrome 3-wheel Supersport resembles more of a motorbike than a traditional mobility vehicle. It has all the power and performance to tackle the many hills and off-road trails in surrounding Wales. With this freedom Marion can continue to find inspiration from the outside world.
Marion’s 4-legged riding companions, her two Chihuahuas Roxy and her daughter Libby, travel everywhere with her in a customized basket on the rear of the Supersport. As Marion cannot walk, her 8mph TGA scooter provides freedom to access the local park where on arrival Roxy and Libby can jump off and enjoy running around chasing squirrels.
Marion says: I would truly be lost without my Supersport, which I call my Harley! It’s given me a kind of celebrity status locally as everyone remembers my scooter and my two dogs. My basket keeps my Chihuahuas safe and sound and means I can still give them the time they need in the park.
I also take my Supersport on holiday in the back of our van with our most recent trip to Aberdyfi. Even though we live at the top of a very steep hill, I can still get out for artistic inspiration thanks to my Supersport, which is capable of tackling the slope without trouble. I love my Supersport as it enables me to continue with photography and painting my landscapes.”
Marion’s latest performing arts venture ‘Talkchestra’ is a comedy style show with music that is produced without instruments. She and her fellow disabled performers produce compositions using only verbal sounds and hope after their forthcoming debut gigs, to appear at a future Edinburgh festival.