Callander-based charity Trossachs Mobility have been recognised at a national award ceremony in Edinburgh.
The charity was nominated in the ‘Business Start Up’ category of the Scottish Rural Awards which took place earlier this year, and received the ‘Runner Up’ award behind category winners, Craine Communications.
They were selected from a group of 21 organisations in the Business Start Up category by the Awards’ five judges, who remarked how much they would like to see the charity grow and expand, agreeing that founders Gordon and Wayne are setting a fantastic example for charity work in their community. The judges also felt that the charity’s aim to encourage access to the countryside without barriers is something which is crucial in providing opportunities for all.”
Funding set aside in 2016 by Stirling Council to support tourism-focussed business in the Callander area allowed £25k of funding to be allocated to help Trossachs Mobility start up, and since then the organisation have gone from strength to strength.
The team recently worked with the BBC to highlight the services they are providing and their benefits, and the charity will now be working with Stirling Cycle Hub to enable inclusion between cyclists and the charity’s ‘terrain hopper’ users, meaning wheelchair users will be able to spend time with family and friends during days out.
Last week the organisation acquired a new remote control version of their terrain hopper so they can expand to provide a service to a wider spectrum of people with disabilities – such as the blind or those with disabilities that do not allow them to control a vehicle themselves - and offer them a service that would allow them to enjoy the outdoors over varying terrain.
Founder Wayne Johnson said: “We are continually working hard to grow the charity and are looking for opportunities to expand our reach, hopefully to create various hubs around Scotland so these chairs can be accessed by the wider area. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are now our official partners of the charity and our hub in Callander is also currently being refitted to create a friendlier and lighter area.”