The founder of a mobility scheme that donates equipment to people in need has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list for the work she has done.
Carole Gilson, who set up the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme following the death of her husband, has now donated more than 4,000 mobility aids and received a British Empire Medal for her work.
Ms Gilson has already received a number of honours over the years recognising her work after she set up the scheme around 10 years ago.
She has now been invited to Buckingham Palace next year as part of being included in the honours list.
The scheme began when Ms Gilson decided to donate her late husband’s old scooter and was surprised at the number of responders to her newspaper advert.
She told a local newspaper that she intends to keep going with the scheme.
According to a report by The Midweek Herald, the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme has donated 925 scooters, 368 walkers, 395 electric wheelchairs, 950 walking sticks, 790 manual wheelchairs, eight stairlifts, 91 ramps, 419 shower seats and 339 toilet seats.