His name is Obama and he is a pony in Scotland owned by Simon Mulholand of Pony Axe S and together they offer people who use wheelchairs access to all the places where wheelchairs can’t take them. No need to transfer to all terrain or beach wheelchairs, no need to leave their wheelchair behind. Their story is currently going viral thanks to a Facebook video that as of this posting has been viewed more than 4 million times.
The story is truthfully about Kathleen Robertson, who is paralysed from the neck down, and cannot remember the last time she was at the beach. Robertson was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007 and within a year of her diagnoses she was no longer able to walk on her own. She hadn’t been able to go enjoy many of the activities she had before until she met Simon and Obama. She said the outing with Obama gave her something to look forward to. “I never thought that I would go to a beach again, but it just shows you that life in a wheelchair doesn’t have to be miserable,” she said. “And I wouldn’t be able to do this if I could walk, so maybe there’s an advantage there.” She described it as a “wonderful experience”.
Truthfully it is a wonderful thing that Pony Axe S is doing, and while they might not be offering it for free, it is giving a freedom to those who might otherwise feel trapped. And as in your Good News Story of the Day, which you can read here, we will leave the last word to Kathleen – “They’re just amazing the two of them. They made my dreams come true.”
Story and Image from BBC One Scotland.