Devon

Disabled people get all-terrain mobility scooters

Countryside Mobility South West
Image caption Wheelchair user Gordon Guest enjoys Haldon Forest in Devon

A scheme to give disabled people a taste of the countryside could be rolled out around the UK.

Countryside Mobility South West hires all terrain mobility scooters and a wheelchair accessible boat.

More than 500 people have paid £2.50 each to hire a scooter in the first year of the project.

Charity Living Options, which runs the scheme at 20 parks and lakes around the South West, is now looking for other venues around the UK.

James Maben of Countryside Mobility South West said: "The scheme is based on town centre Shopmobility where people hire mobility scooters to do their shopping.

"What we have done is take that principle out into the countryside.

"People are booking their holidays in the South West because of the scheme."

Wheelchair user Gordon Guest, at Haldon Forest in Devon, said: "When I got into a wheelchair I thought I would be stuck in a city.

"Now I can get out into the countryside in some amazing places."

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