Lake District Mobility is a new group that just launched with the purpose of providing specialist mobility equipment to less-abled people who want to enjoy the local scenery.
The charity was set up in 2016 but has only just begun operating after receiving sizable donations in the last few months which have allowed it to purchase all-terrain Tramper mobility scooters to be hired out.
Lake District Mobility provides the specialist scooters to outdoor businesses and attractions, to improve access to Cumbria and The Lake District National Park’s views and mountains.
The group is working with Countryside Mobility and Cumbria CVS to locate more sites and roll out more Trampers in the coming weeks before the summer tourist season.
Founder of the charity, Julia Walker, told the News & Star that she is “excited” about the launch.
“There are 47 sites in the South West where you can hire Trampers and there are a couple in South Cumbria, but nothing up here.
“Nine out of 10 people who use Trampers don’t class themselves as disabled, it could be people with heart problems, people who can normally only walk short distances or a have limited mobility. If you can’t normally get involved in outdoor activities, this is for you.”
Sarah Bromiley, community project manager at Age UK, told the newspaper: “If you think that when you’re in a wheelchair you always have a person behind you, with the Trampers you can see the person and have a conversation with them, you can have that connection.
“This project is giving people who are potentially isolated and lonely access to the community and people who can normally walk short distances can go a little further.”
The £8,000 Trampers are manufactured by Beamer and have a 30 mile range. It is Beamer’s oldest and most sought-after all-terrain mobility scooter. It claims to be the first all-terrain mobility scooter on the market.
The Tramper won the Queen’s Award for Engineering Excellence in 2009 and remains the only all-terrain mobility scooter to do so.