New Lease of Life for Heather

2. Februar 2004

Heather Martin, from Oldham in Lancashire, suffers from Motor Neurone Disease and two years ago became a wheelchair user.  To regain some of her independence Heather decided she needed a wheelchair accessible car and started her search for a vehicle that would meet her requirements.

A Cut above the Rest

At first Heather, like many other wheelchair users, found that there were a limited number of companies that supplied exactly what she was looking for.  However she was pleasantly surprised to learn that Allied Mobility had such a wide range of cars on offer.

Allied Mobility, a Motability Premier Partner, is the UK’s leading supplier of wheelchair accessible vehicles and offers a range of mobility cars and MPVs at ultra low Advance Payments. Heather explained: “We chose Allied because all of their vehicles suited my requirements.  Their telephone manner and prompt response to my enquiry were fantastic.”

Useful Features

Heather, her husband Dale and step-daughter Ellie decided on the Fiat Freedom HighLife, an exclusive adaptation of the versatile Fiat Doblo. The HighLife offers accessibility with a lightweight folding rear ramp teamed with a remote operated electric winch.  For increased space and visibility the car also features a windowed high roof.

“Initially we went for the Freedom because not only was it wheelchair friendly but had a powerful 1.9 engine”, said Heather. She is delighted with all of the Freedom’s features explaining: “The ramp and winch are brilliant. The front roof windows are great for extra vision and the rear seat next to my wheelchair is an added bonus as my Ellie can sit next to me.”

Dale also praises the HighLife as it has improved the ease and speed in which he is able to help Heather in and out of the vehicle.

Regained Independence

Two years ago Heather lost the use of her legs and is now permanently in a wheelchair. Heather explains: “Becoming disabled over the last 2 years has obviously had a major impact, both for myself and my family and has meant we have had to make many significant changes to our lifestyle. We’ve always tried to continue living a ‘normal’ life but that’s not always been possible.”

Heather continued: “Being able to get out and about once more in the HighLife is brilliant – traveling as a family again is a lovely experience and has meant I feel I’ve regained some of my independence.”

Heather has been able to carry on working for Chubb Integrated Technologies and has found the HighLife to be a great help in her working life.

“I am lucky enough to be able to work from home at the moment,” said Heather. “However, now I can be more flexible as I’m able to travel to the office in Blackburn to attend meetings and meet up with my work colleagues on a regular basis.”

As a self confessed lover of shopping, Heather is also able to use the Freedom HighLife for leisure trips: “I go out shopping with my girlfriends and love to go to the Trafford Centre (Manchester) which is fairly near to where I live.”

Personal Touch

Heather and her family thought the service they received from Allied was great and the whole process ran smoothly.  Heather exclaimed: “The service was excellent. The knowledge and helpfulness of Peter, my mobility rep, was just fantastic. He even wheeled me out and into the demo vehicle and took me for a ride.  The ease of all the paperwork and the fast delivery of the vehicle really helped us out.

“Even the delivery and handover of the vehicle were perfect. Finally, the manner and standard of service from Allied Mobility made me feel very special, which now that I’m a disabled person, means a lot. It was great to be known personally, rather than feel like one of many.”

For more information on the Freedom HighLife or any of Allied’s mobility range contact us on 0800 916 3018, email info@alliedmobility.com or visit www.alliedmobility.com.

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