Kind donation after callous mobility scooter thief strikes

Mobility Scooter donated by First Mobility
Mobility Scooter donated by First Mobility

A NUMBER of people in the community have stepped up to help a disabled man who lost his mobility scooter to callous thieves.

Disabled Simon Perks, 46, of Margaret House in Chapel St Leonards left his scooter outside his home earlier this month before noticing a while later that it had been taken.

As reported in the Standard, two taxi firm owners rushed to help Simon by urging the pubic to donate funds for a new scooter and shed to store it in.

Straight after the first article was published, William Hooley of Skegness called to say Simon could have his, until they raised the money for another.

But then an owner of a mobility shop in town, who also saw the article, said he would donate a brand new scooter, which is worth £1,000, to Simon.

Chris Sheppard, owner and director of People First Mobility of Lumley Square, said: “I saw the article and thought I could help Simon by donating him a scooter.

“I know how important mobility scooters can be for people and hope this will help.”

The first scooter will now be given back to Mr Hooley after the donation from the shop.

And the help for Simon has not stopped there as another man, Mick Garton from Skegness, has kindly donated a shed to help keep the bike safe.

Simon said he was “very happy” with the new bike and was “grateful for the donation” of the shed.

The police have issued advice about how to keep valuable mobility scooters safe after one was taken and another narrowly missed being wheeled away in Chapel.

Thieves took the second scooter overnight on August 13-14 from Eastview Close and the third, the owners in Kingsfield Estate manage to stop the culprit taking, as they caught him in the act.

They said in a letter to the Standard. “We were lucky you may not be.

“I think it is some sick person taking advantage of disabled people.”

Dick Holmes, Senior Press Officer for Lincolnshire Police, said of keeping scooters safe, “A few ways to keep them safe is buy ones which have unique keys, use a steering lock, get them security marked, store them in a garage or chain them to something.

“Even taking out insurance or fitting alarms or tracking devices can help.

“This is a despicable crime and it is a low trick as people rely on them as a lifeline.

“We need people to report anything they see so we can stop these people in their tracks.”

Anyone with information can call 0300 111 0300.