Mansfield couple set for scooter road trip for disabled couple

NMAC12-1631-1''Carol and John Palmer who are doing a charity ride to Skeness on thier mobility scooters .
NMAC12-1631-1''Carol and John Palmer who are doing a charity ride to Skeness on thier mobility scooters .
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A COUPLE are planning a charity road trip with a difference - by heading for a holiday to the coast on their mobility scooters.

Carol Palmer and her husband John are both registered disabled and use their scooters 
daily to get around Mansfield.

Wanting to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the couple are gearing up for an 80-mile trip to Skegness from their Newgate Lane home, starting tomorrow.

Carol said: “We wanted to fundraise for this because it’s such a great cause, my grandma had breast cancer and I miss her very dearly.

“We weren’t too sure how we were going to fundraise but we really wanted to do something a bit different and we thought that a sponsored mobility scooter ride would be a great idea.”

They are planning to camp tomorrow evening around the Nettleworth, Langworth, Bullingham or Wragby area, depending on the distance they are able to cover on their scooters’ limited battery power.

They will take a mobile generator with them and expect to charge up their vehicles, which have a top speed of just 8mph, several times over the three days. Their pet Yorkshire Terrier Tessa will join them as a passenger, and they will all be decked out in pink to highlight their support.

Despite their scooters being road legal, Carol has experienced problems with intollerant drivers in the past, but is not worried for the trip.

“I can’t wait to get going,” she said. “The majority of drivers are okay, especially lorry drivers, you get some who aren’t but our scooters are road taxed, serviced and insured.

“We have yellow high-vis vests on the back of the scooters – we just want people to know we are there.”

Having set an initial target of just £100, the they have already smashed that by pulling in £250.

Anyone still wishing to sponsor them can log onto www.justgiving.com/carole4john2008