6th September 2016

SNP Councillor Hosts Wheelchair Access Charity

Outdoor access wheelchairs

New outdoor access wheelchairs open up access for the disabled.

Trossachs and Teith Councillor Fergus Wood has pledged his support for new start-up charity Trossachs Mobility – an organisation that seeks to enable people with mobility needs in visiting and exploring the surrounding area in the Trossachs.

Led by locals Wayne Johnson and Gordon Wilson, the organisation’s aim is to set up a hub to loan out special outdoor access wheelchairs to visitors with disabilities. The pair are currently gathering support from local representatives and are reaching out to a number of organisation in order to secure start-up funding for premises.

Alongside local SNP representatives Steven Paterson MP and Cllr Alycia Hayes, Cllr Wood has pledged to support the charity venture where he can and invited representatives to his farm in Kinlochard to take part in outdoor activities – such as clay pigeon shooting and visiting livestock – whilst using the specialised outdoor access wheelchairs.

Clay pigeon shooting

Enjoying the clays, supported by Trossachs Mobility

Councillor Fergus Wood commented:

 “It was great to have the guys out here on the farm where they had a chance to shoot a few clay pigeons and get acquainted with one of my goats.

 “I think the work that they have done to get to where they are with this project is phenomenal and the personal story of friendship behind it is so touching. I can see that there is a lot of potential with what they have started and it is vitally important that they get all the help they can from funding organisations and authorities.

 “I have already written to Stirling Council’s Chief Executive to ask him to look into how the local authority can financially support Trossachs Mobility’s start-up costs so that real progress can be made in achieving the goal of a specialised outdoor access wheelchair hub in our local area.”