A NOVEL new voluntary group is aiming to give users of powered wheelchairs or mobility scooters the chance to broaden their horizons and explore the great outdoors.
Wheelie Walkers is set to help wheelchair and scooter users get out into the countryside with a first day-trip to Delamere Forest in Cheshire scheduled for March 23.
The group was launched by former rambler Joan Rostron after she was forced to become a scooter user because of her health.
She told the Reporter: “When I had to give up walking I missed it so terribly that I decided to do something about it. We’ve got a community bus which we can hire out which has enough room for all the wheelchairs and scooters.
“The idea is that we will park up in the countryside before getting out and about on our scooters. It’s just the same as going for a walk - except it’s on wheels.
“We’ll have a packed lunch when we’re out there too and just enjoy the fresh air. So get in touch if you fancy going a bit further than the local shops.”
Ms Rostron added: “When people are in a wheelchair there’s a temptation to think ‘that’s it’. But we want to help people open up their worlds.
“As long as you’re wheelchair or scooter has got a fully charged battery and bring your own packed lunch we’d love to welcome you along.
“We’re trying to find a few volunteers to become committee members now too.”
The Wheelie Walkers group are set to meet at 9.30am on March 23 on the forecourt of the shopmobility centre at the Chalon Way multi-storey car park. They expect to be back by 4pm.
Anybody who is interested in signing up for Wheelie Walkers or finding out more can e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01744 813801.