Walkers have a wheely good time

Wheelie walkers at Delamere Forest
Wheelie walkers at Delamere Forest

THE first outing of a new voluntary group aimed at broadening the horizons of powered wheelchair or mobility scooter users has been hailed a success.

Wheelie Walkers recently completed their first day-trip to Delamere Forest - giving the people of St Helens the chance to explore the great outdoors.

The group was launched by former rambler Joan Rostron after she was forced to become a scooter user because of her health.

And plans are already underway to travel even further - to Ambleside in the Lake District - later this month.

Ms Rostron said: “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.

“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. Able bodied volunteers are also very welcome.”

The Wheelie Walkers group are set to meet at 9.30am on April 27 on the forecourt of the shopmobility centre at the Chalon Way multi-storey car park for the trip to Ambleside.

Anybody who is interested in either signing up or finding out more can e-mail: joan_rostron@yahoo.co.uk or call 01744 813801.