Top Gear: teenager can now play out with friends thanks to Hasting Direct's donation

7th December 2012

Insurance broker Hastings Direct has purchased a motorised scooter to enable Christopher Maskell aged 13 to get out and about to play with his mates.

Funding for the £650 motorised scooter was provided from Hastings' CSR A Helping Hand programme and from funds raised by staff.

Hastings Direct's A Helping Hand makes financial, professional and physical support available to the local community. Each month Hastings is able to offer either professional support from its 1,400 +staff, or physical support with team building days. In addition, Hastings has made a small monthly grant available to support local funding.

Christopher suffers from autism and mitocondrial which affects his muscles making him too weak to walk and dependent on a wheelchair However, as he has grown his wheelchair. has now become too small and uncomfortable for him and not practical as he is too weak to power it with his arms. The new powered scooter will give Christopher much needed freedom and independence to play alongside his siblings and friends when they are out on their scooters and bikes.

Christopher's mum Liz was delighted: "The difference that this new powered scooter has made to Christopher is unbelievable. To see him smile and having fun with his family and friends is priceless. Thank you Hastings Direct, this is an amazing early Christmas present for us. I would also like to thank A J Mobility of Bexhill and Eastbourne for their valued advice".

Jay Wootten, chair, A Helping Hand: "Seeing the look on Christopher's face when he received his powered scooter was not to be missed. He knew instantly that this was going to give him the fun back in his life and to regain some independence. From all the directors and staff here, we would like to wish Christopher and his family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."

If you know of a local organisation in need of A Helping Hand, please email jaywootten@hastingsdirect.com with full details of your charity and its requirements.

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