80 year old Shropshire farmer continues to run his farm
Robert Mund is 80, determined to run his farm, and his mobility is restricted because of two hip replacements.
He relies on a rugged mobility scooter to manage his herd of 40 cattle. I hope that I can be equally active when I am 80.
Robert Maund, 80, from Betton Strange near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is a unique and lively ‘character’ who continues to manage his herd despite living with restricted mobility thanks to the assistance of a TGA Breeze mobility scooter.
Believes retirement is not for him
Robert has lived on Alkmere Farm since 1934 and continues to this day with a small herd of 40 ‘replacement heifers’. Apart from living with his elderly sister and hiring a few farm hands now and again, Robert is solely responsible for the management of his Holstein cows and farm operations in general.
Highly active for his age
Even though he has undergone two hip replacements, Robert continues to feed and maintain his cattle, which would not be physically possible without his sturdy TGA Breeze mobility scooter. He uses the scooter to access all areas of his farmyard and surrounding fields as walking for lengthy periods of time are not an option for Robert.
During his farming career, Robert has produced milk, reared and sold calves and grown crops for feed.
He remains highly active for his age and believes retirement is not for him as he explains: “When I had my hips replaced my surgeon stressed to me that it was time for me to take life a bit easier. This unfortunately is not in my nature and I plan to continue farming for as long as physically possible.”
My TGA mobility scooter is such a robust piece of kit
He goes on to add “My mind still feels so young, but my body isn’t as strong these days so moving around the farm was getting difficult until I bought my scooter. I have farmed all my life and I am not ready to give up yet. Admittedly I have had to reduce my herd down in size with some animals indoors, some out, but I plan to continue with my work for many years to come.”
TGA Breeze essential
He finished up with “my TGA mobility scooter is such a robust piece of kit and is perfect for transporting small bales and buckets of feed around the farm, which saves me lifting and carrying. It copes with the rough terrain in my fields, driving into barns and around the yard. Without my Breeze I reckon running this farm would be nigh on impossible.”
The TGA Breeze is primarily designed to be a luxury mobility scooter for everyday use around town or in less commercial, rural situations. Nevertheless the supplier TGA Mobility believes as long as the mobility scooter is used safely, then Robert’s story is another example of the invaluable difference its products can make to levels of end user independence.
TGA mobility scooters safely used for many activities
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director comments: “Robert’s use of a TGA Breeze maybe unconventional, but it clearly demonstrates how this highly reliable mobility scooter can make a real positive difference to an individual’s freedom. When you consider he is living with restricted mobility, the importance of being able to safely enjoy the outdoors is absolutely essential to well being and happiness which Robert has demonstrated.”
In addition to Robert’s model, versatile TGA mobility scooters are safely used across the country for a variety of unique activities. These include dog agility training, organised ‘disabled rambles’, towing sailing boats and accessing the countryside.”