Jason starts wheelie good delivery service
KINDHEARTED Jason Robinson is helping out the community where he lives – by delivering groceries in his customised mobility scooter.
Generous Jason came up with a novel way of helping the elderly take delivery of their day to day necessities.
The 42-year-old, of The High Street, Cheadle, came up with the idea after bolting a suitcase to the canopy of his scooter to carry his own shopping.
Jason bought his £1,000 scooter last year after a motorcycle crash left him with severe injuries to his knees and shoulders.
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He said: "I was knocked off my motorbike by a car last year and it has really affected my confidence to ride on the main roads. I loved riding my bike and I only passed my test two years ago.
"The accident basically took my life away. After buying a mobility scooter, three months ago, it has helped to give me some of my independence back.
"I normally only go into town once a week to do my shopping and I found it quite difficult to carry everything so I came up with the idea of attaching a suitcase to the canopy.
"When I went into my local pub, someone saw my scooter and suggested that I could start my own delivery business to help me make a bit of money, as well as giving me the chance to help other people."
Jason's business called Scooter Express, has already attracted several customers since it started this month.
He is currently using a scooter loaned by Mobility Lifestyles for the deliveries, after his own scooter was sent away for repairs.
Jason said: "The scooter I've got now is a bit smaller than my own but it does the job.
"To carry on delivering, I simply remove my canopy on my own scooter and attached it to this one.
"I've been delivering groceries to a few elderly residents and I'm already in talks with someone about delivering a few leaflets for them.
"I can only deliver to places in Cheadle or within a five-mile radius, because the scooter can't travel too far.
"It's a small business but it all helps."
Jason's friend Andy Glasspool, aged 49, is landlord of The Talbot on Watt Place, Cheadle.
He told how Jason has had a new lease of life since coming up with the idea, which regulars in the pub encouraged him in.
And he said Jason is now becoming an even more familiar face in the community as he does his deliveries.
Andy said: "Andy came into the pub one day with his mobility scooter with the suitcase on top and we had never seen anything like that before.
"We all suggested it would be a good idea to start a delivery service using it and he's already had a few customers.
"I think it's great he's doing something to help the local community and help elderly residents get their shopping.
"He's a friendly chap and everyone in the area knows him." For more information about the service, contact Jason on 07973 957171.