As the mobility scooter market continues to grow year on year, so does the number of people using them. Twenty-first century technology has allowed for a magnificent range of scooters to be developed, giving people the independence and comfort that everyone deserves in everyday living.
These products are enabling famous people to champion the benefits of the mobility scooter too, giving individuals in society the confidence to seek trusted mobility scooter providers and regain their love for the outdoors.
Below we have listed some of the many famous people who are sporting the mobility scooter, encouraging others to do the same!
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During the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics, we were proud to announce that our very own Mobie mobility scooter was used by the British Paralympian Leigh Walmsley.
Leigh was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1999 and took up archery in 2006 and, after constant hard work and dedication to the sport, represented Great Britain in the 2012 London Paralympics. Although being knocked out of bronze medal place in the penultimate round, Leigh described her experience at the Paralympics as a “whirlwind journey”.
Speaking to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), Leigh commented: “Following the Games, we had an amazing experience of the Closing Ceremony and even more exhilarating and emotional, the Athletes Parade. The outpouring from the public was amazing and had me smiling and in tears throughout the entire day. I had never felt more special or admired and certainly wish everyone who made my Games so wonderful had been up on the float with me.”
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Legendary theoretical physicist and cosmetologist Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous mobility scooter users, which can also be referred to as a powered wheelchair. Instead of being propelled manually, it uses an electric motor just like a mobility scooter.
Hawking, who suffers from a rare and slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which effected his use of speech, uses clever technology called the ‘Equalizer’ attached to his mobility scooter which enables him to interact with people using a bank of up to three thousand phrases which he controls through movements using his cheek muscles.
However, his disability and the use of the mobility scooter hasn’t stopped him wanting to explore outer space. Earlier this year he documented his craving to travel in space with the help of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo.
“I have had ALS for over 50 years now and, while I have no fear of adventure, others do not always take the same view. If I am able to go – and if Richard Branson will still take me, I would be very proud to fly on this spaceship.
“Space exploration has already been a great unifier – we seem able to cooperate between nations in space in a way we can only envy on earth. We are entering a new space age and I hope this will help to create a new unity.” He told the Greenock Telegraph.
Stephen Hawking has become a British icon and a worldwide ambassador and inspiration for not only scientific research, but also disability rights over the years. Below is a speech made by Stephen at the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony.
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Hollywood actor, comedian and stunt actor Verne Troyer is a huge fan of the mobility scooter to get himself from A to B. The A-list celebrity has continued to use stylish mobility scooters such as during his time on Celebrity Big Brother in 2009. The famous actor has also appeared in films such as Austin Powers, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone and the American TV series, Scrubs.
Verne has cartilage-hair hypoplasia dwarfism which makes him one of the shortest men in the world, standing at 2ft 8 inches, but this hasn’t stopped him becoming one of the most recognisable faces on the film and television circuit. In his younger years he was never discouraged from taking part in activities that his friends and peers were involved with, commenting: “There were a lot of times I’d hide in my locker and jump out and surprise people.”
Those who watch the hit TV series Benidorm will have seen the overly-tanned, mobility-scooter-using character, Madge, played by the well-known Scottish actress Sheila Reid. Although leaving the show in 2015, the character is still admired by many across the UK, making the folding mobility scooter a top choice when it comes to using mobility aids whilst on holiday.
In partnership with Halfords and Nottinghamshire County Council, Sheila Reid presented a video on road safety advice for mobility scooter users. It is very useful and informative for those who are thinking of or already own a mobility scooter.