Mobility scooter offered to ex-servicemen

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Mobility scooter offered to ex-servicemen
Portsmouth News 7 Apr 2010 said:
A woman is trying to find her late navy husband's mobility scooter a fitting home. When Lesley Slaven, 75, decided she wanted to donate the mint-condition scooter to an ex-serviceman injured in the line of duty she thought it would be easy. So her neighbour Roger Gibbs started calling charities on her behalf, and was surprised when every one he contacted told him that for health and safety reasons they couldn't accept his offer.

'I don't understand their attitude,' said Mrs Slaven, of The Crossway, Porchester. 'It's a perfectly good scooter and I think all this health and safety stuff is rather ridiculous and over-the-top. 'All I want is to give someone a hand getting around. My husband only used it seven or eight times.'

Mrs Slaven's husband Frank died in December, and served as a Fleet Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and then a Ministry of Defence policeman when he left the services. Retired civil servant Mr Gibbs, 63, has contacted the Royal British Legion, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), and the Rotary Club, and after no success is now offering the scooter to any war veteran who would make good use of it. It is a four-wheeled, Legend classic XL8 model in very good condition.

Anyone interested can contact Mr Gibbs on (023) 9237 2714.
 
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Dunservin said:
Any takers? No traders!

Mobility scooter offered to ex-servicemen
Portsmouth News 7 Apr 2010 said:
A woman is trying to find her late navy husband's mobility scooter a fitting home. When Lesley Slaven, 75, decided she wanted to donate the mint-condition scooter to an ex-serviceman injured in the line of duty she thought it would be easy. So her neighbour Roger Gibbs started calling charities on her behalf, and was surprised when every one he contacted told him that for health and safety reasons they couldn't accept his offer.

'I don't understand their attitude,' said Mrs Slaven, of The Crossway, Porchester. 'It's a perfectly good scooter and I think all this health and safety stuff is rather ridiculous and over-the-top. 'All I want is to give someone a hand getting around. My husband only used it seven or eight times.'

Mrs Slaven's husband Frank died in December, and served as a Fleet Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and then a Ministry of Defence policeman when he left the services. Retired civil servant Mr Gibbs, 63, has contacted the Royal British Legion, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), and the Rotary Club, and after no success is now offering the scooter to any war veteran who would make good use of it. It is a four-wheeled, Legend classic XL8 model in very good condition.

Anyone interested can contact Mr Gibbs on (023) 9237 2714.
Yup, we've had the same problems. Under all the H + S laws we couldn't give one away either. When a person has a mobility scooter issued an Occupational Therapist and the Scooter firm have to go out and assess their needs etc.
Bit daft but that's they way it goes!
 
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If buggy is not that old and in good order - Ring the Royal Hospital Chelsea (Chelsea Pensioners) as they took one of us last year and keep them in a pool to use. Each Pensioner gets an induction course if need be.

A local transport company transported it to London for free.
 
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jack-daniels said:
*snip* When a person has a mobility scooter issued an Occupational Therapist and the Scooter firm have to go out and assess their needs etc.
Bit daft but that's they way it goes!
Mobility scooters are never issued by OT or the NHS - they are not a prescription based mobility aid. Electric wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs are prescribed, mobility scooters are bought by people who can't walk long distances...

The problem is that the process for getting an outdoor electric wheelchair is that long-winded and takes such a long time, that people are sometimes forced into mobility scooters as their need is desperate - it can take up to three years to be prescribed an outdoor electric wheelchair! Once someone has a scooter, they aren't entitled to any NHS or Social Services support for them as they are 'private', so you can't get any ramps or storage built in your house using public funds - as you can for wheelchairs etc..
 

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