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Making a senior’s dream come true

Technology student Jalani Richardson (center) hands over the scooter keys to Owen Lindsay's. (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A team of students have helped a disabled senior’s dreams come true by getting his old mobility scooter back on the road.

Owen Lindsay’s vehicle had been sitting rusting in his front garden for more than two years after it broke down and he could not afford to pay for the repairs.

But now, thanks to the efforts of 20 teenagers from CedarBridge Academy and one student from Mount Saint Agnes Academy, the 73-year-old is looking forward to visiting friends and watching football.

“It means a great deal to be able to get around on my own,” Mr Lindsay said.

“I am so grateful to all the pupils and Fernando Oliveira from Noble Auto and his team for giving my independence back again. Before I was stuck at home all the time but now I can go and visit friends and watch my football team play.

“I’m also hoping to get down to the airport because I am a bit of an aircraft enthusiast and love watching the planes come and go.

“It’s a dream come true to have the scooter back — for these young people to show such compassion for me has been amazing.”

Mr Lindsay brought the mobility scooter to Bermuda from England about five years ago.

But after it broke down, he was not able to afford it to get it back on the road.

The pensioner, who lives down the road from CedarBridge Academy, had left the scooter in his front garden for more than a two years before the students and engineers from Noble Auto, which is based on the school campus, came to the rescue.

“The students must have seen it in my front garden, I guess, and mentioned it to Fernando,” Mr Lindsay said.

“The next thing I knew they were asking me if they could take it away and do the repair work for me. It’s an incredible gesture. They have been working on it for nearly three weeks now and it has been totally renovated. It looks great and I cannot wait to get on the road again.”

Twenty students from CedarBridge Academy’s technology class were involved in the project, along with Corey Lewis from Mount St Agnes. Corey did extensive work on the scooter’s brake and fuel systems, while CedarBridge student Alyssa Fox was involved in the welding operation.

Meanwhile, CedarBridge pupils Jalani Richardson, 17, and Nicholas Fletcher, 16, were at the forefront of the bodywork, painting and mechanical work.