Groups rally round to pay for repairs to South Shields dad’s stolen mobility scooter

Vince Pool has had his mobility scooter repaired after it was stolen. Money was raised through a fundraiser organised by the KAYAKS and the Cruse Crew. Daughter Ellouise aged 8, KAYAKS Kimberley Elliott, Jill Osborne and Malcolm Osborne
Vince Pool has had his mobility scooter repaired after it was stolen. Money was raised through a fundraiser organised by the KAYAKS and the Cruse Crew. Daughter Ellouise aged 8, KAYAKS Kimberley Elliott, Jill Osborne and Malcolm Osborne

A father left without a mobility scooter after it was stolen by thieves is now back on the road.

Vince Pool was forced to rely on taxis to get out and about after the disability aid was taken from outside his home, in Cornwallis Square, South Shields, last month.

Thank you to everyone for helping to raise the money.

Vince Pool.

The 47-year-old suffers from a range of mobility problems, necessitating having metal pins fitted into his legs.

Within days of the scooter being reported stolen, it was found abandoned and with its lock damaged by police.

He was unable to afford the cost of the repairs needed, but South Tyneside’s Kids and Young Adults Klub Special Needs (Kayaks), a group attended by Vince’s daughter Ellouise, eight, joined forces with the Cruse Crew, an organisation set up to raise funds for Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside, by hosting a fundraising night at the Armstrong Hall in Stanhope Road, South Shields.

The disco and entertainment was donated by PM Events and AF Entertainment, helping the groups to raise more than £500.

Money left over after the repairs were paid for was split between the two groups.

Mr Pool uses the scooter to enable him to take Ellouise – diagnosed with hyper mobility and Marfan’s syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting the body’s connective tissue – to and from her school, Laygate Primary.

He said: “I just want to say thank you to everyone for helping to raise the money to get the scooter fixed.”

Kayaks provides support and activities for children and young people diagnosed with special needs.

For information on the group, visit www.thekayaks.co.uk