Hospital role for Ferrari-mad Reg
PUBLISHED: 08:10 18 January 2011
MOTOR racing fan Reg Skelton is 74 years old, but still doing his bit for the community - thanks to his new 'Ferrari' motor scooter.
The Weston resident has been a volunteer at the town’s hospital for the past 15 years, despite suffering from ill health.
But when his role came under threat through mobility problems, the sports car enthusiast opted for a new scooter – and has customised it in merchandise from his Ferrari favourites.
A familiar face in motoring shops, Reg has snapped up a TGA Vita scooter fropm Weston’s Dalesway Mobility, and kitted the transport out in Ferrari souvenirs.
This means devoted Reg can continue in his voluntary role at the Grange Road hospital, where he carries out an important role.
Reg, who has needs the scooter after suffering a massive heart attack, said: “Being 74 and unfortunately not enjoying particularly good heath, my voluntary work at the hospital wouldn’t be possible without my Vita.
“I am part of a team at the Weston General who are known as the ‘Splitters’ who are responsible for replacing and updating folders that contain patient medical records.
“You can imagine the amount of handling these folders receive as they travel from department to department which leads to many of them becoming split and tatty.
“To ensure medical notes are not lost which would cause major issues, we re-bind them back into vital new folders so they can continue their journeys around the hospital in one piece.
“Away from my time helping at the Weston General, I love everything to do with Formula 1 and Ferrari – I never miss a Grand Prix on the TV.
“The Vita has also helped me also continue one of my other hobbies which involves photography of the local area, especially coastal sunsets, which is one of the reasons why I have loved living in Weston for over 25 years.”