East of England Show 2011
“It’s nice to have people back who know what they’re doing!”
These were just some of the many complimentary comments we received from customers who were as pleased as we were that we’d been invited back to put on our service again at the East of England Show.
“If there’s no scooter he can’t come” remarked someone booking a scooter for his father.
“It’s worth every penny!”
“Needs a bull-bar and an air-horn” said Mr Taylor, exasperated by people wandering in front of him and his scooter in the crowds – but he was smiling at the time so not too much of a problem I guess.
Best quote of all, though, was from Ethel:
“I’ve never laughed so much in all my life!”
she said, as she returned from using a scooter for the very first time and thoroughly enjoying it. She had never driven anything before, so was a little nervous, but once she got going – wow, what fun she had!
Two friends, Hannah and Helen, arrived at the Show needing matching 3-wheeled scooters as each had injured their left leg, one in an accident and one from an operation.
We were extremely busy on all three days in spite of some very blustery weather. Our site was on the edge of the showground, almost inside the disabled car park, so was very convenient for visitors with mobility problems. The Show organisers continue to improve access and facilities for disabled people.
Roz Berry and Mary Andrew are Disabled Guests Stewards, looking after people’s special needs on their arrival at the Show. Roz has been performing that function at the Show for the past 30 years and has seen many changes and improvements in that time. In the early days, the ‘mobility service’ was a team of schoolchildren volunteering to push people about in wheelchairs – it must have been quite hard work but at least it got people around. Now disabled, elderly and injured people can enjoy the comfort and independence that our electric scooters give them.
We were pleased to meet Sally Mayhew, PA to the Chief Executive of the Agricultural Society, who visited our stand and booked a scooter for her father. She has seen many management changes, particularly recently, and we hope that the newly appointed Chief and their team will continue to make the East of England showground accessible to all.