CareCo, the UK’s discount mobility specialists, has partnered with Watford FC through it’s Community Sports and Education Trust (Watford FC’s CSE Trust), and the Disability Recreation Unity Movement (D.R.U.M.) to change a pensioner’s life this Christmas.

Mel Goman, a 74 year old retired postman and lifelong Watford FC fan, received a much-needed mobility scooter on Wednesday 5th December at Vicarage Road, just in time for Christmas. Mel has MS and relies heavily on his wife/carer to be able to get around. Unfortunately, his wife has been diagnosed with Dementia and will soon no longer be able to provide Mel with the care he needs.

The CareCo Zoom mobility scooter was presented to Mel Goman by Watford player, Adrian Mariappa, on Wednesday 5th December at the Vicarage Road stadium. Watford FC’s CSE Trust creates opportunities for disabled people through sport, by embedding a culture of inclusivity. This makes the premier league team the ideal pairing with CareCo.

Karen Stephanou, Disability Football Development Manager at Watford FC’s CSE Trust said;“We know Mel through our delivery of sessions at D.R.U.M courtesy of the Premier League and BT Disability Programme, it’s fantastic to be able to surprise him in this way. At Watford FC’s CSE Trust we have a vision of improving lives and this has undoubtedly done that.”

William Harrison, Managing Director of CareCo, said: “I am thrilled to have partnered with Watford FC and D.R.U.M. to help make a difference to Mr Goman’s life this Christmas. I’ve seen so many stories of how CareCo products have improved people’s independence, comfort and mobility. It’s great to be involved in such a worthy cause”.

The CareCo Zoom mobility scooter is the first from the brand to be installed with next-generation splitting mechanism for easy transportation and storage. The fitted delta tiller bar allows the scooter to be easily controlled, even if users have trouble with strength in their hands and figures. The CareCo Zoom the ideal choice for MS sufferers, just like Mr Goman.

Mel Goman said: “You’ve made an old man very very happy. You see these good things on the telly, but you never see them in real life. Now I know these good things exist because this has happened to me, it will be a very good Christmas!” When asked what Mr Goman will do first now he’s got his CareCo mobility scooter, he said: “I’m going to the pub! And the paper shop. I’ve not been able to go on my own in years. I’ll even be able to check the football scores.”

74 year old Mel Goman is also the Vice Chair of D.R.U.M. who provide all-inclusive sport for disabled people within the Watford area. Mr Goman is receiving the mobility scooter as a recognition and a thank you for all his efforts within the community. Goman’s family is heavily involved in the funding of D.R.U.M. and the charity will celebrate its 25th birthday in 2019.

Mel Goman’s son, Ross Goman, said: “It’s not just my dad’s life you’ve changed today, it’s my mum’s too. This mobility scooter will give my dad more independence. It’ll really change his life”.

About CareCo

CareCo is the UK’s leading discount mobility specialist, with over 13 years’ experience within the mobility market. CareCo currently has 11 showrooms and is expanding it’s UK store network in 2019.CareCo products are available to purchase from their showrooms, catalogue, phone or website. They are rated as excellent by customers on Trustpilot.

About Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust 

Mission: Making A Positive Difference For All Through Sport and Learning

Vision: Improving Lives, Enhancing Communities

Values: Passion, Innovation, Professionalism, Inclusivity, Integrity

Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust is a registered charity (Charity No: 1102239), delivering a range of projects, activities and events on behalf of Watford Football Club across Hertfordshire and Harrow.

Although the Trust may traditionally be seen as purely a football provider, this is certainly no longer the case – currently focusing on five key themes overarching all Trust activities. These five themes are Sports Participation, Social Inclusion, Health, Education and Community Facilities.