It’s Marion here and this is the first of many blogs that I will be writing for Allied Mobility! I’d like to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my experience with Allied Mobility – which has been a great one!
I am an active woman with Cerebral Palsy, which affects all of my limbs, meaning that I am in a wheelchair. I also use a communication aid called a ‘Mobi’, which allows me to talk to everybody, however you will probably not see me on Britain’s Got Talent as I am rubbish at telling jokes on it!
In my free time, I enjoy keeping in touch with my many friends on Facebook, going to Wheelchair Dancing, shopping and going on activity holidays. Wheelchair dancing has been a big part of my life since I was 10 years old. It’s great fun and I’ve met some really good lifelong friends through it.
I visit a place called the Calvert Trust, Keilder, most years. It’s an amazing place to go for people with disabilities, as the accommodation is top class. The chalets are all kitted out for people who have disabilities and the activities available to try are endless! They do activities including water sports and for the more braver people, like I am of course, a zip wire! For this activity, I am out of my wheelchair and up quite high over a river. They also do trips through the huge forest on golf buggies.
I used to volunteer as an advocacy worker, which I loved. In this role I used to speak out for people who had issues, either with their housing or support needs. I currently volunteer at the Bobath Centre in Glasgow, one day a week. This is a centre which provides therapy and support to people with Cerebral Palsy. I love to be a working woman, despite my disability, so that I can be part of society – that means a huge deal to me!
I have known Allied Mobility for many years because I am a Motability customer and they’ve adapted all of my cars for my powered wheelchair to get in – from my first car, which was a Kangoo, to my latest car – a Peugeot Partner Horizon™. I don’t know where I would be without my car, it’s my freedom!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my first blog for Allied Mobility.