Happy trails for Wendy and Ted thanks to Remap

Wendy Hilling with Don Grove of North Devon REMAP, who made the adjustments to help her and Teddy ge

Wendy Hilling with Don Grove of North Devon REMAP, who made the adjustments to help her and Teddy get out on their own. - Credit: Archant

Charity helps fix problem that has ‘dogged’ Yelland woman and her four legged friend.

A North Devon branch of a disability charity has provided a little extra independence for a local woman and her beloved assistance dog.

Remap stepped in to help Wendy Hilling, from West Yelland, and her Canine Partner Edward, continue taking the walks and trips they both enjoy.

As she suffers from EB, a rare skin condition, ‘Ted’ is able to help Wendy with a range of tasks she cannot manage on her own.

The pair can even be seen travelling the Tarka Trail with ‘Ted’ being towed behind Wendy on a special trailer attached to her mobility scooter – and this was when the problems began.

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If she needed to turn the trailer around, Wendy could not manage to unhitch it on her own and had to call husband Peter to come out and help.

After exploring numerous avenues to try to find a trailer hitch she could manage, Wendy contacted Remap, whose volunteers – often retired engineers – use their skills to come up with free solutions to enable people with disabilities to continue to enjoy their independence or leisure activities.

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Don Grove from the North Devon Remap panel was soon able to create a more user-friendly pin hitch and now Wendy and Ted can explore without ‘getting stuck’.

“We’d been everywhere to try and get it done, I had given up,” she said.

“It has made things so easy, I can go out and not have to worry about disconnecting the trailer if I need to.”

All of the work done by Remap is carried out by the volunteers in their own sheds, workshops or garages, free of charge. Anyone who thinks Remap might be able to help them can find out more via www.remap.org.uk or contact the charity on 01271 371813 or 345793.

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