Some months ago Martin, a well known resident of La Siesta, who is also a disabled widower, was seen trying to make his way to the medical centre in La Siesta by means of an electric wheel chair, not meant for road use at all, and should he hit any obstacle or rough patch in the road, would have been catapulted out on to the road.
It was a terrible accident waiting to happen. When Martin was asked why he was using the chair, he said his mobility scooter was beyond repair and he had no other means to get to the doctor or to the shop for food, or just to leave the house at all.
He was very down in the dumps as without the ability to get out, living alone after his wife had passed away one year ago, he saw no one and had no conversation and was also becoming very anxious that with his disability, which means he cannot walk or stand without support, he felt extremely vulnerable.
It was obvious that Martin, who had always been a cheerful chappy, loved talking to people whilst having a cup of tea or a glass of beer, was becoming more and more depressed. Something just had to be done.
So by spreading the word to like minded friends ( Janette, Jennie & Paul Mutter, Dorothy Gates, Judy Ferris each donating 50 € and groups such as The Rascals, Barclays Bank Pensioners Club, The Full Monty-Los Montesinos Football Club, all donated 100€ and the Buffalows loaned 100€ ) an almost new scooter has been purchased for Martin. His lovely neighbour and friend Pauline also donated funds to purchase a cover for the new scooter.
So many people said they were pleased to be helping someone directly, who needed help, and they could feel good to be part of this project in helping Martin to get his life back on track. Martin himself would never have asked for this help, he could not believe there was so much kindness around, and what wonderful people are living here in Spain.
Success!! So look out for Martin joining his old friends in Washington Square and down at the Chicken Shack, he is mobile again!! He is smiling again!! Thank you everyone!