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A word from the editor...

Ziggy Opoczynska

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.

Ziggy Opoczynska, Editor

nd Motability Dealers


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Lifestyle - issue 100

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Hello... and welcome to the 100th issue of Lifestyle! The magazine has witnessed a lot of changes in the last 25 years, including six different prime ministers, the first-ever Paralympics, and improvements for the disabled community – especially regarding inclusion and accessibility. To celebrate this special anniversary, we've crammed Lifestyle with features to entertain, inspire and get you excited about the months ahead. You'll hear from Allan Carter, one of the Scheme's earliest customers; meet the players who are passionate about disability rugby; find the friendliest festivals in the country; discover the playgrounds designed for grown-ups; explore beautiful North Wales; and much more. So settle down and enjoy!

Lifestyle - issue 99

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Hello... The daffodils are out in force and the lambs are gambolling, meaning spring has well and truly arrived. With the longer, sunnier (we hope!) days, it's the perfect time to brush off those resolutions we left back in dreary January and maybe make some new ones. Whether it's getting more active, discovering your creative side, taking the family for a fun day out on a farm, or exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, this issue has features that will help you on your way. And, if you're in need of further inspiration, read the story from Motability Scheme customer, Geoff Bartholomew, whose zest for life and can-do attitude saw him put his life back together after suffering a stroke – and become a champion sportsman! It's a jam-packed issue, so take a break from the spring cleaning and get stuck in.

Lifestyle - issue 98

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Hello... It's around this time that many people start to look ahead and plan holidays. But how easy is it to book your getaway with confidence? Every disabled person's needs are different, and ensuring that you'll be able to fully enjoy that well-earned break can be difficult. That's where organisations such as Tourism for All can help. We speak to them on page 35. Elsewhere, you'll find some inspiration to get out and about, whether it's by boat, taking in the wildlife, at an accessible spa, or with our destination guide to the fantastically fab city of Liverpool. I hope it provides some good ideas. This is also my last issue as editor of Lifestyle. It's been great meeting and writing about all the wonderful people we've featured over the past 10 years. Thank you for reading, too, and I wish you and the magazine well for the future.

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!