Derek gets back on his wheels thanks to night club

Derek Turner getting his mobility scooter from  'Melanie Bird (Lindentree)and  Phil Mullan ( Brazilia's)
Derek Turner getting his mobility scooter from 'Melanie Bird (Lindentree)and Phil Mullan ( Brazilia's)
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Derek Turner is mobile again thanks to the generosity of a Bury St Edmunds night club and its customers.

Derek, 84, had his mobility scooter stolen from his home in Beyton in November and as it was not covered by insurance he did not know how he would replace the £1,100 machine.

The amputee appeared on the Bury Free Press front page on November 16 saying: “I think they’re the lowest of the low to steal that from a poor chap who can’t get out. How low can people get?”

But as soon as the paper hit the streets people began contacting our office offering to help with unwanted buggies, then Daniel Bird, owner of Bury’s Club Brazilia called and said he would buy Derek a new buggy.

He said: “We hold fund raising events and we hold back a little to do things for local people like this.”

At the time Derek could not take delivery because he did not have anywhere secure to keep the buggy and felt it was not worth getting one until the weather improved enough for him to go out regularly in it.

Now he has a specially built, lockable shed for it, Daniel kept his promise and the scooter was delivered on Wednesday by Phil Mullen from Brazilias and Melanie Bird, from the Linden Tree Pub.

Derek said: “That’s great isn’t it? I want to see my friends in the village and go down The Bear and see my pals for an hour.”

Derek has been a ‘regular, at the pub since he used to go there to play with the landlord’s son as a child.