A wheelchair-bound mum-of-two woman started 2013 with an unforgettable birthday after winning a national competition.
Ollie Barber entered a national competition run by Constables Mobility at Golden Cross. She couldn’t believe it when she was told she had won £250 to spend in a top restaurant and chauffeur-driven, wheelchair-accessible vehicle for the day.
Ollie took the prize on her birthday, had lunch at Gordon Ramsey at Claridges after taking a flight on the London Eye.
Constables ran the competition asking people to nominate a wheelchair user who deserved a special day out. She nominated herself because she wanted to take her husband out to lunch.
A line in her entry caught the judge’s eye: “We could just do with a break – a glimpse away from the toughness of our day-to-day life and a day out like this would enable us to re-find our sparkle. We couldn’t believe it when I heard I’d won. It’s a dream come true. I can take Paul out, really spoil him and show him how much I appreciate what he does for our family and for me. Being a mum in a wheelchair is really difficult – and our baby has been very poorly in Eastbourne Hospital this year too so life has been incredibly tough. We battle so much together including people’s misconceptions that Paul must be my carer rather than my husband.”
Ollie and Paul who live a few miles from the company’s A22 base are both teachers with children aged one and three. Ollie teaches youngsters who are too ill to go to school, via video link and Paul teaches English. This year the couple had to fund a new stairlift and specially adapted pushchair which left no money for Christmas presents for each other.