A devoted son has built his 96-year-old war-veteran father a unique all-terrain motorised wheelchair which resembles an armoured tank
A frequent complaint of wheelchair users is the difficulty in tackling uneven or unstable terrain, which means a trip to the beach is often out of the question.
But not for widower Edde Shaw, a 96-year-old veteran of the Second World War and Korean War, whose son Peter, a semi-retired plumber from Ellesmere, Shropshire, has built him a specially adapted all-terrain wheelchair which resembles an armoured tank, complete with caterpillar tracks.
“I made it because I couldn’t push my father on a lot of the terrain that we encounter when we go out for the day, especially on the beach,” Peter said.
Peter came up with the brainwave of adapting a builders’ motorised wheelbarrow, and together with a local welder set about creating a new mode of transport for his father, with a van seat donated by a local garage – and a bit of imagination.