Following his retirement Roger began investigating his next challenge and decided to invest abroad in Bali by building a group of eco-friendly holiday villas. Now nearing completion, these three family villas and eight private bungalows all provide high quality, shoreline accommodation that includes a private pool and are totally solar powered.
However Roger's mobility became suddenly restricted in 2013 and his ability to continue with this project looked in doubt until he discovered the remarkable, folding TGA Buddy mobility scooter.
Rogers explains: "I suddenly became unable to walk in 2013 for more than 30-40 feet without extreme pain. My Orthopaedic specialist told me that he had been expecting this for a long time. Back fusions in my 20's ruined my Tennis career, I did play at Wimbledon twice though, but he said I would be permanently in a wheelchair by the time I was 60. At least I have to date beaten that by eight years anyway and now I have a TGA Buddy, my life and business career is back on track! I can no longer walk the length and breadth of Airports like Hong Kong or Heathrow, so my collapsible Buddy is absolutely essential for international travel. As it can be folded or dismantled easily without any fiddly wires to connect, it's ideal for taking on holiday or abroad. On my recent trip over to Bali, the understanding terminal personnel let me take the Buddy right up to the plane door - a huge help that saved us so much time and hassle. Its great to know that despite my condition, we can travel to our Ubud home on Bali with peace of mind."
Roger continues: "I have had my TGA Buddy for over three months now and my wife and I have been so chuffed with it. As it has pneumatic rear tyres it does not jar my back and my wife and I particularly like the easy way it folds down, we hardly ever need to separate it. I am also buying a Breeze from TGA for use around Cheltenham when I return from Bali as this model will be suited to more challenging terrain. Without the ability to walk, I would have been really snookered without my Buddy and my Bali project could have been in serious jeopardy. The independence it gives me is priceless and driving around the off road tracks in Melaya are no problem for my Buddy. We are very pleased with the Sumber Sari Eco Villas development and are sure that eventually, the whole complex when finished, will be a great success without using any of Bali's precious resources, including of course, electricity."
TGA Electric Leisure Limited
TGA is based in Sudbury, Suffolk and has been a respected designer, manufacturer and provider of mobility products for almost 30 years with a specialty in scooters. TGA is renowned for its high quality, diverse range that includes the Breeze that is a national favourite, the revolutionary Minimo car boot scooter through to the funky cutting edge Vita and market-leading wheelchair Powerpack. As a family-run business with a proven manufacturing heritage, TGA is dedicated to quality, innovation and service with all of its products undergoing rigorous testing before delivery ensuring peace of mind and trouble free ownership.