Gran’s new lease of life thanks to mobility scooter

Brenda on her mobility scooter.
Brenda on her mobility scooter.

Despite living with Multiple Sclerosis, grandmother Brenda Escreet continues to attend numerous music festivals and gigs, support several charities and have ‘biking’ freedom outdoors thanks to her mobility scooter.

Brenda, 66, can access the countryside around her Crag Bank home thanks to her TGA Supersport.

Brenda lives life to the full and does not let her condition hold her back.

Her achievements range from charity work, rambling, writing poetry and attending festivals such as WOMAD (World of Music and Dance).

She is patron of Partners in Education Swaziland, has completed charity work in Africa and has four children and seven grandchildren.

She is also a member of the Neuro Drop-In Centre in Lancaster which caters for people with a range of neurological conditions.

This year Brenda attended her 27th WOMAD festival in Gloucestershire on her scooter, which provides essential independence as her MS severely limits walking and general mobility.

Brenda, who was a keen motorcyclist before her MS diagnosis, said: “For the third year running, my husband Malcolm and I attended the WOMAD festival along with around 35,000 other people.

“It is such an inclusive event, I cannot complement the organisers more for the levels of accessibility they provide throughout the festival.

“We used to run a charity stall at WOMAD every year; however, as my condition has progressed, we now go along and spend time solely enjoying the music and atmosphere.

“My Supersport attracted as much interest as some of the performers and people from all over the world admired it and ‘had a go’ on this wonder machine.

“We live in Crag Bank and my Supersport gets me into Carnforth to do the shopping or down to Morecambe to see friends.

“I have MS and buying a Supersport has given me back a large piece of my independence.

“We can go out together, Malcolm on his beloved bicycle and me on my Supersport.

“Our grandchildren, eldest son and his wife have all travelled in convoy from their home in Bassenthwaite across the fields and down to the lake.

“I sometimes think I manage to do more than before I was diagnosed with MS!”