Former British Paralympic athlete Paul Moore has become an ambassador for MAGIC (Mobility and General Information Centre), Ford Motor Company’s free telephone information service for people with disabilities and mature drivers.
The 40-year old Leicester man, who represented Great Britain at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona and at the World Championships in 1994 and 1998 will be working closely with MAGIC to increase awareness of the wide range of motoring and mobility information it offers.
Paul has been a wheelchair user since 1980, as a result of a motor bike accident. In his new role he will be visiting spinal injury units throughout the UK and giving talks to patients and staff. He will also be speaking to charities and medical professionals about MAGIC, as well as attending conferences and exhibitions.
Commenting on his new position, Paul said: "I am absolutely delighted to be working with MAGIC. I will be doing everything I can to tell as many people as possible about the invaluable free mobility and motoring information MAGIC offers and the important educational role it can play, not only in the rehabilitation of people with acute spinal injuries but also for anyone who is experiencing mobility difficulties."
MAGIC was set up to provide free information on driving with a disability to all disabled people in the UK, regardless of what make of car they drive or want to drive.
Anyone can call its freephone service on 0800 240 241, but it is particularly useful for disabled motorists, their families, friends, carers and medical professionals. To date, over 281,000 people have contacted MAGIC requesting information about a wide range of topics including:
- The Motability Scheme
- Where to get current information on disability benefit entitlements
- Mobility assessment centres
- Vehicle adaptation companies
- Ford dealers, specialist holiday companies, Ford vehicles and comparative data on other manufacturers' models