Yorkshire Young Farmers Mobility Scooter Challenge- Yorkshire to Torquay in 7 days.

April 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Mobility scooters might not seem the ideal mode of transport for long journeys but they have become the chosen method of transportation for a boisterous group of young Yorkshire farmers who are on the ultimate challenge of travelling 333 miles from Yorkshire to Torquay throughout this week.

The Yorkshire Young Farmer’s challenge may sound a little bizarre but it’s all for a good cause as the team is fundraising for Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice. Whilst also hoping to raise the profile of young famers and the annual ‘Yorkshire’s Greatest Export’ campaign.

Yorkshire Young Farmers Team

Yorkshire Young Farmers Team- Facebook photo

This year the farmers have chosen to promote delicious Yorkshire potatoes and British wool with support from British Wool Marketing Board. To ensure maximum exposure they’ve attached two giant models, one of a sheep and the other a potato, to the back of their trusty mobility scooters which have been provided by FreeRider.

So far the ‘Yorkie to Torkie’ mobility scooter challenge is going well (check out updates via the Yorkshire Young Farmers Facebook page) and with a little luck the team will reach Torquay by Friday, in time to enjoy this weekend’s Young Farmers AGM, where they are hoping to also auction off the scooters to add more money to the fundraising pot. 

I’ve got my fingers crossed that today’s dreadful weather won’t put them too far behind schedule as road mobility scooters have a maximum speed of 8mphs which is perfectly adequate for strolling round town but a little more challenging for such a long journey. 

Yorkshire young farmers mobility scooter challenge

Yorkshire young farmers on the road- Facebook photo

It’s an incredibly ambitious challenge but wonderfully quirky and makes a change from the normal fundraising challenges which we hear so much about. Plus it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase just how durable and reliable mobility scooters can be. So I’d like to wish Yorkshire’s Young Farmers all the very best of luck and hope that they get to Torquay safely. Hopefully they invested in mobility rain capes before they set off…

See Road-Knight’s range of mobility scooters at www.road-knight.co.uk. Please note that  we don’t advice travelling such a long way on a mobility scooter 🙂

Mobility Scooter- Driving Test Training

April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Mobility scooters are a great resource for elderly and disabled people who struggle to get out and about.  My own mobility scooter brand, Road-Knight, supplies a variety of scooters including road and pavement only scooters, which provide customers with a sense of independence, and in some cases a lifeline to the world outside.

Road-Knight customers are able to visit us to learn more about the scooters which we offer. However, some providers don’t supply this opportunity to their customers meaning that many people using mobility scooters for the first time go out without any training or knowledge of how to handle a scooter.  

If you are planning to purchase a mobility scooter for the first time I would strongly advice trying before you buy, especially if you are purchasing off the internet where prices are extremely competitive. Most mobility centres stock huge ranges of scooters and are more than happy to demonstrate and let you test drive different scooters so that you can work out which scooter is suitable for your needs, something which is very important.

mobility scooter elderly lady

Mobility scooter users face driving test style training

Statistics have sadly revealed that in the past five years there have been 17 incidents across the country where mobility scooters have been involved in accidents. This has resulted in both police forces and charities calling for driving test style training for mobility scooter users.

In South Yorkshire the police are planning to offer local users of mobility scooters a free two hour course which will cover different aspects of owning a mobility scooter. From how to handle the machine, how to manoeuver safely and confidently, theory practice which is appropriate to understand as a scooter driver and the legalities of travelling via scooter involving speed limits, serving the machine, using lights etc.

Further to South Yorkshire police’s training course, Labour MP Alison Seabeck, has fronted a campaign which calls for stricter regulations and checks on mobility scooters and their owners. This campaign has received backing from Scooter-A-Long, a charity for disabled people in the South West, who hope that it will reduce accidents and ensure safer conditions for scooter users, road users and pedestrians.  

As a supplier of mobility scooters, and a host of other mobility aids, I feel strongly about helping people regain their independence and believe that access to such equipment is paramount in doing so. However, safety is crucial when using any mobility aid therefore access to training and practical help is a positive step forward and could potentially give scooter users more confidence about getting out and about both independently and safely.

Relaunch of Road-Knight

November 23, 2010 at 11:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As I was discussing in my last post I’ve taken up the challenge of participating in the Edinburgh MoonWalk with my daughter Lucy. With 26.2 miles of walking approaching I have planned to train with the help and determination of Lucy behind me.

I have to be honest and confess that my training isn’t coming along as much as I had planned. With winter nights drawing in so early it is more difficult than I first imagined but I am still walking the dogs and will be taking on lengthier walks in the near future. I promise and Lucy will insist.

Other news brings the launch of our new e-commerce website. With a high demand for the quality scooter range which we used to sell via our Road-Knight brand, we have ventured online to offer an online website where customers can buy scooters and accessories to suit.

www.road-knight.co.uk celebrates independence with style, featuring our favourite scooters for all needs and functions. With endless options, styles and prices there is something for everyone, making a solution for any mobility endeavours you may have.

My next post will be documenting my triumphant training, fingers crossed!

Annette.

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