AN EXTREME mobility scooter trialled on Top Gear has changed the life of a disabled ex-Scots Guard.
Torphins man Paul Begg, who is 6ft 6in, used to be in continual pain and had difficulty walking after a series of health conditions.
After his time in the army and as a drummer in the Corps of Drums band, Paul was forced to take early retirement due to knee problems. His mobility became more restricted due to several back operations and he found it difficult to walk.
Desperate to regain his independence outdoors Paul knew he needed to do something. But he struggled to find a scooter that worked for him – until the solution became clear while he was watching television.
During a clip on BBC’s Top Gear programme, the presenters competed against disabled army veterans in an extreme mobility scooter challenge on the Welsh Brecon Beacons.
One of the scooters, the TGA Breeze GT, was able to tackle rocky paths and muddy slopes.
Paul, 57, said: “When I first saw the TGA Breeze GT in action I couldn’t believe what it could do, what a machine. I missed seeing the local wildlife such as deer and squirrels so much, I wanted my freedom back.”
Paul approached the Royal British Legion to see if it could help, and members directed him to armed forces charity SSAFA, which donated the scooter.
Paul said: “SSAFA have been brilliant and through their support and generosity I have been able to take ownership of a new Breeze S4 GT with extra-wide rear wheels and increased performance.
“The difference it has made is massive.”