Despite having major walking difficulties, Alan Gibbons, 67 from Surrey, has been able to fulfill a lifelong dream to holiday in America on a paddle steamer thanks to a new type of folding Minimo mobility scooter .

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Before retiring due to the neurological affects of Spinal Foramina (narrowing of the spinal column), Alan was a busy clerk at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. He lives in Epsom with his wife Sheila who both have a passion for travel and the outdoors. They are members of the National Trust and enjoy spending time together and meeting up with friends at picturesque locations such as Nonsuch Park.

However this freedom was becoming increasingly compromised until Alan discovered the Minimo from TGA - a lightweight mobility scooter that folds up in one simple movement. This clever, easy-to-lift scooter fits into the boot of their Toyota Prius car and thanks to its compact size, can be taken on buses, trains and planes. This pioneering level of transportability has meant Alan could fly to America with his Minimo and experience independence on a nine-day cruise from Memphis to New Orleans. Read more....