Brands Hatch dream come true for mobility scooter rider
PUBLISHED: 10:15 11 August 2011
»Revving her engine at the starting line, a pensioner is preparing to tackle one of the most famous race tracks in the world on her mobility scooter, Rascal.
Rita Turner, of Oliver Crescent, Farningham, will shoot down the straights and twist through the bends of Brands Hatch at a top speed of 8mph as part of an event being held for cyclists on August 19 for Ellenor Lions hospice.
The 79-year-old, a former bus driver on the Swanley to West Kingsdown route, says it is a dream come true.
She said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I always thought to myself ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to go round Brands Hatch on the bus?’
“Now I am getting to fulfil my dream on my scooter.”
Mrs Turner has been wheelchair-bound for six years since she injured her back, but has not let this slow her down, carrying out a skydive for Guide Dogs for the Blind three years ago.
She said: “I can’t stand being cooped up so I take any chance to get out and do something new and exciting. The sky dive was fantastic, though afterwards I did feel a bit sick.”
Rita also helps out at Ellenor Lions, holding goose egg painting classes, after forming a bond with the charity when it cared for her sister, Gwenda Voysey.
She said: “If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to care for my sister at home. They were brilliant. I had nurses coming in all the time.
“With their support I was able to spend quality time with her. Even now, eight years on, I’m still friendly with one nurse.”
n The event is being run by Swanley and North Downs Lions Club. For details on how to take part contact the club on 01732 823 827.