Dr Mike Bruton MBE, President of the Disabled Ramblers Association and former Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, has used mobility scooters for 19 years to explore the countryside.
Mike, who lives with a degenerative mobility disorder, now rides a Harley Davidson style black and chrome Supersport from TGA Electric Leisure.
In 1997, Mike was one of the founding members of the Disabled Ramblers. He received an MBE in 2005 for his work in promoting and enabling access to the countryside by disabled people.
Mike’s first scooter was a ‘Sportster’, the precursor of the current TGA Supersport. From 1991 until 1999, the scooter enabled him to co-ordinate and complete disabled rambles in the English and Welsh countryside. In 1998 he took part in a 62-mile trek on his adapted machine from Oxford to Maidenhead to highlight the lack of access across the UK countryside for disabled people. This led to the development of national guidelines on accessibility.
“My previous scooter provided me with my first means to campaign for disabled access rights and enjoy countless memorable rambles,” Mike said. “Its manouvrability and stability allowed me to negotiate all manner of rough terrain and would comfortably complete a 20-mile round trip on one battery charge.
A decision to undertake shorter rambles led to a change of model – however, Mike commented, “With advancing age, my needs have changed, and I decided to go back, after a further nine years, in a sense to my first scooter: however now greatly upgraded. I look forward to many more expeditions over the coming years on my new Supersport.”
Based in Sudbury, Suffolk, TGA Electric Leisure is a leading supplier of mobility products.