A multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer who used to be a motorsport driver and instructor has found a new lease of life with his mobility scooter, without having to give up the hobby he loves!
58-year-old Noel Wilson was diagnosed with secondary progressive MS in 2013 when he became paralysed after a spinal procedure, and quickly had to come to terms with his life-changing situation.
Track on a mobility scooter
Wilson, who told his story to the Milton Keynes Citizen, soon realised that he would no longer be able to continue his career in the motorsport industry, which had lasted for nearly 25 years, and had to find a new way of spending his time without aggravating his condition.
In the end, the answer to Wilson’s predicament was more closely related to his former way of life than he could have imagined. The driver came up with the idea of taking his mobility scooter to some of the UK’s most famous race courses, including the iconic Silverstone National Circuit, in a unique bid to raise awareness and funds for the MS Society.
Wilson took to his task with great enthusiasm; he has now set 10 official lap times at various circuits throughout England and Wales, and has no plans to stop any time soon. ‘We’re looking forward to getting back on the track on a mobility scooter in the New Year and raising as much as we can to help stop MS’, he said.
So far, Noel has raised nearly £4,500 for the cause, and has said that he was amazed by the ‘astonishing amount of support’ that he has already received from friends, family and various other supporters such as the multiple Hot Rod Racing World Champion, Barry ‘Leapy’ Lee.
Whilst not everyone who owns a fold up mobility scooter for adults could hope to carry out the same extraordinary feats as Mr Wilson, his experiences should nevertheless be a great inspiration for anyone who feels discouraged from doing what they want due to limited mobility. As Noel explained, ‘I still use crutches, a wheelchair and mobility scooter, but I won’t let anything slow me down’.