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Michelle is outside her WAV in her motorised wheelchair, with her dog on her lap and her husband stood beside her.

We both have social lives thanks to Motability

Michelle lives in Newcastle with her husband and little Jack Russell Terrier. Following a minor operation in 2007, Michelle was left with nerve damage, causing constant pain and leaving her unable to walk more than a few steps.

“Before getting the grant that enabled me to join the Motability Scheme, my husband had to fold my wheelchair and lift it into the boot of our car. I found it impossible to do it myself and it was very difficult for him. I was dependent on my husband and could only go out with him. I felt like I was in prison in my own home and the only social life I had was when friends and family would occasionally visit me.”

Michelle is by a lake, she sits forward in her motorised wheelchair as her dog jumps up to get the ball from her hand
“We are both much happier now we have the car and are really looking forward to a holiday in a specially adapted cottage in Scotland. ”
Dan

Michelle received a grant towards the Advance Payment, and adaptations she needed, for her Wheelchair-Accessible-Vehicle (WAV).

“Having my Motability vehicle means I am able to be independent and drive myself to the local shops, my health appointments and the local church. I can also meet a friend for coffee even when my husband isn’t able to come with me. The adaptations to the vehicle mean I can load my wheelchair myself. I have even been able to attend a few short courses in my local area, which has really boosted my self-esteem. Thanks to Motability my husband and I can both have social lives.”

“We are both much happier now we have the car and are really looking forward to a holiday in a specially adapted cottage in Scotland. The car is large enough to take all the equipment I need to make my stay comfortable.”