A Hampshire couple, left devastated by the theft of a mobility scooter from their property, have described their delight at the donation of a replacement machine.
Fred (92) and Mary Baker (87) discovered the theft at just before 9am on 8 June, after owning the scooter for only two months. It is thought that thieves accessed the complex in Sholing, Southampton, via the building’s main door, stealing the scooter from the communal hallway.
“I went into the hallway and thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s gone,’” Mrs Baker – who has osteoporosis – told Maxwell Kusi-Obodum, reporting for the Daily Daily Echo.
“It’s disgusting. We are like prisoners in our own home and are stuck indoors on one of the warmest days of the year.”
However, an online mobility scooter resource elected to take action and help Mr and Mrs Baker. The news team at www.Help-My-Mobility.org – based only 15 miles away in Milford-on-Sea – came across the Bakers’ story and were thoroughly moved. They decided to donate a replacement scooter to the couple.
“I can’t believe how generous Help My Mobility have been, this will really change our lives,” said Mrs Baker, while Mr Baker described how he and his wife felt stranded without their scooter;
“There’s a bus that comes around and picks us up and takes us to town, they have a special hoist to pick the scooter up and drop us off in town. For the last week or so we’ve been unable to get there,” he said.
Help My Mobility’s director, Jason Tate told of his disgust upon hearing about the theft;
“When news of the theft came in, we were appalled,” he said.
“We feel extremely privileged to be able to help Mr and Mrs Baker, I could sense how much a scooter means to them and how it will enhance their quality of life.”
Help My Mobility has been providing independent, impartial and reliable news and features to people with impaired mobility since 2004. It is the company’s mission to equip people with the information they need to purchase the ideal piece of mobility equipment, and then operate it safely and effectively.