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A word from the editor...

Martin Bewick

Hi there... and welcome to Lifestyle magazine’s online pages. We aim to pack Lifestyle with all the up-to-date news about the Motability Scheme, plus information and advice that will help you get the most from your Motability vehicle. In every issue you’ll also find a lively mix of features – with real-life stories from Motability customers, great ideas for getting active and trying new activities, travel guides with an emphasis on accessibility and, of course, some insightful road tests of cars available on the Motability Scheme. We hope you enjoy reading it.

Martin Bewick, Editor

nd Motability Dealers


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Lifestyle - issue 97

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Hello... Can we really be coming to the end of the year already? As the nights get longer it's often a time for reflection, but also to look ahead to opportunities that might lie just around the corner. In this issue we make space for both. We hear from the family of 10-year-old Samuel Pepe, and from others whose lives are spent caring for others. Meanwhile, Gardeners' World TV presenter Mark Lane tells us of his passion for plants and how his career in horticulture happened almost by accident. If darker days make you want to brighten up your home, then our pick of easy craft ideas should bring some inspiration, while we also make sure to get out and about – exploring the Northeast of England, and discovering the fun of clay pigeon shooting. Read on, and make the most of the winter months!

Lifestyle - issue 96

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Letter from Lord Sterling, Chairman of Motability

We were all delighted to be part of the recent celebration at Windsor Castle – kindly hosted by our very active Chief Patron, Her Majesty The Queen – to mark the historic milestones of Motability's 40th Anniversary, and the four and a half millionth vehicle being provided by the Scheme.

The event was also attended by many of the unsung heroes who help to deliver the Motability Scheme: motor manufacturers, insurers, conversion and adaptation companies, as well as staff from Motability and Motability Operations.

Paul Barrett – a Royal Marine veteran who sustained life-changing injuries while serving as a Mountain Leader 1st Class in Afghanistan – was one of those presented with the keys to his new vehicle by Her Majesty. I'm sure you will all agree that his quote below says it all. "I cannot commend enough the provision of a reliable new vehicle to provide a family with the hassle-free ability and support to work, holiday, create experiences and live a life with minimum worry. It has provided a sense of self-esteem and self-confidence to me as a father and husband."

In the centre pages of Lifestyle, you will find a souvenir pull-out for you to keep about the event at Windsor Castle – I sincerely hope you all enjoy reading it and seeing some of the wonderful photographs of the day itself.

Lifestyle - issue 95

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Hello... The coming months – with their longer days and warmer weather – are a good time to get out of the house and take in some fresh air. In this issue, our feature about accessible camping shows that an outdoor holiday is a fun option that can help you get the most out of the summer ahead. And if you're not up for camping, what about a day visiting a safari park, or one of the many other options for getting up close to the animal kingdom? We have suggestions for that, too. We also hear from powerchair footballers, a dressmaker and a busy working mum, as well as an update from our columnist adventurer, Rory. It's a packed issue, so get stuck in!

Lifestyle - issue 94

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Hello... Has the new year brought plans for the coming months, a moment for quiet reflection, or both? In this issue we make space for each of these. Rory Mackenzie tells us about his goal of jet skiing round Ireland, while another intrepid explorer, Michael McGrath, tells us how inspirational experience days for young disabled people bring fun and build self-confidence. Meanwhile, we hear about taking up music as a hobby, and set off on a tour of the western Highlands. Planning a trip, or a day away, provides something to look forward to during the cold winter days. And as for quiet contemplation, see our feature on page 46. Making time for ‘mindfulness’ has its merits, too.

Lifestyle - issue 93

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Hello... Reflecting on the year as it draws to a close, you might realise that some are easier or better than others. Life doesn’t roll out in an even-handed way, and when you face difficulties it’s always good to ask for help. That’s the theme of our feature Peer Power in this issue of Lifestyle. It takes a look at how newly disabled people can find support. For anyone who has been disabled for some time, it serves as a reminder that assistance is out there – sometimes you just need to ask. Elsewhere we meet customer Jason Evans at charity DMUK, and online blogger Bunny Hopkins, who tells us about using social media to share her experience of disability.

Lifestyle - issue 92

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Hello... Have you ever pushed yourself to do something you thought might be impossible? That’s one of the questions faced by disabled climbers who set out to tackle the vertical walls at climbing centres across the UK. Could you do it? Read our feature on page 35 and find out if it’s for you. Also helping people overcome challenges is Back Up, the spinal cord injury charity that celebrates its 30th year in 2016. Read more about their work on page 41. And while we’re talking celebrations, we also have pictures and news from The Patron’s Lunch – a glorious event to mark the 90th birthday of Motability’s Chief Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.