Twice the mobility on this scooter

LOVE ON FOUR WHEELS: Karen Downs and Walter Mathieson are inseparable after getting the first double mobility scooter in Gisborne. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

A DOUBLE mobility scooter has been an answer to the prayers of Walter Mathieson and Karen Downs.

They can now get out and about with ease and convenience on the first machine of its type here, whether it be a trip to town or to the Breakthrough Church where they worship on Sundays.

The couple have known each other since they both attended Homai College for the partially-sighted in Auckland.

Miss Downs is totally blind and Mr Mathieson partially-sighted, but he is still permitted to drive a mobility scooter.

“I bought it through the internet, from Kiwi Scooters. It’s the first double mobility scooter in Gisborne,” Mr Mathieson said.

It has been a godsend for Miss Downs, who was largely housebound until Walter came into her life after they met again at the Blind Foundation.

“I told Karen I’d like to come around to her house and visit her but then I got too nervous. But she rang me up and asked when I was coming over.

“After that we became a lot closer.”

The couple have been seeing each other for 10 months and recently moved in together.

Mr Mathieson said Miss Downs wears the pants in the relationship and they take care of each other.

“It’s going really well. I do all the cooking and Karen does the washing. It’s working well.”

A DOUBLE mobility scooter has been an answer to the prayers of Walter Mathieson and Karen Downs.

They can now get out and about with ease and convenience on the first machine of its type here, whether it be a trip to town or to the Breakthrough Church where they worship on Sundays.

The couple have known each other since they both attended Homai College for the partially-sighted in Auckland.

Miss Downs is totally blind and Mr Mathieson partially-sighted, but he is still permitted to drive a mobility scooter.

“I bought it through the internet, from Kiwi Scooters. It’s the first double mobility scooter in Gisborne,” Mr Mathieson said.

It has been a godsend for Miss Downs, who was largely housebound until Walter came into her life after they met again at the Blind Foundation.

“I told Karen I’d like to come around to her house and visit her but then I got too nervous. But she rang me up and asked when I was coming over.

“After that we became a lot closer.”

The couple have been seeing each other for 10 months and recently moved in together.

Mr Mathieson said Miss Downs wears the pants in the relationship and they take care of each other.

“It’s going really well. I do all the cooking and Karen does the washing. It’s working well.”

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