TOP SERVICE: Tamarra-Ann Partridge, with Calvin, didn’t have to pay for expensive electric wheelchair repairs even though it was just out of warranty, thanks to the kindness of a Bundaberg business.
TOP SERVICE: Tamarra-Ann Partridge, with Calvin, didn’t have to pay for expensive electric wheelchair repairs even though it was just out of warranty, thanks to the kindness of a Bundaberg business. Mike Knott BUNWHEELCHAIR

Local business chips in for expensive wheelchair repairs

TAMARRA-Ann Partridge has had her $9200 broken electric wheelchair fixed at no cost thanks to the kind gestures of a local business.

The Bundaberg woman, who has bone degeneration and osteoarthritis, said her electric wheelchair broke down over the Easter long weekend.

As it was two weeks out of warranty, Ms Partridge feared she would have a hefty bill to pay to fix the damage when sending it to the Sunshine Coast to be repaired.

"Before it was sent away, I gave it to Bundaberg Mobility Centre to have a look at and Antoni Robert was wonderful in helping to diagnose the problem, even though I didn't buy the wheelchair from the business," she said.

"He said there was corrosion in a closed system inside of the motor of the chair."

Once the electric wheelchair was sent to the Sunshine Coast, Ms Partridge said it was Mr Robert who fought to get her warranty reinstated.

"We've had nothing but fights with the Sunshine Coast company to try and get this wheelchair fixed," she said.

"If it wasn't for Antoni's help and his diagnoses, I would have to fork out thousands of dollars for repair work and possibly not have a wheelchair."

Mr Robert said his act of kindness was all part of the service that Bundaberg Mobility Centre provided.

"That's just what we do here," he said.

"If I see someone in a wheelchair or on a mobility scooter I know it is because they need it.

"We always try to help people when they are in need."

Ms Partridge had been without her electric wheelchair for four months but now has it fixed and back.

"I rely on it to get me out to doctors' appointments, to walk my dog and to get out into the community," she said.

"Antoni and his parents at Bundaberg Mobility Centre have told me they will not charge me for their help and I want to thank them for that."

"It just goes to show there are some very kind people out there."



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