A COUPLE are trying to sell a mobility scooter to pay for the funeral of a relative who died three days after buying it.
John Heppell, 68, of Edmonds Close, Stamford, bought the road-legal TGA Mystere scooter from Bourne-based Cherryholt Mobility on March 25.
Three days later he went for routine dialysis treatment at The Medical Centre in Corby, but tragically suffered a major heart attack.
Mr Heppell was rushed to Kettering General Hospital but died later that day.
His stepdaughter Angela Russon and her husband Keith, of Edinburgh Road, Stamford, need to sell the scooter to help pay the funeral costs.
Mr Heppell never used the £3,600 vehicle, but Cherryholt Mobility cannot give a full refund because it is no longer new and was a part-exchange purchase.
Shop owner Steve Buffery has offered to try and sell the scooter for the Russons, but cannot guarantee a quick sale.
The couple are hoping to find a generous buyer to cover the costs of the funeral, which took place on April 12.
Mr Russon said: “We are not looking for the full price.
“Half will cover it but we need the money.
“This is not for any kind of profit, it is just so we can pay for John’s funeral.
“His death was totally unexpected. I went to see him the day before he died and he was fine, he was looking forward to the rest of his life.
“It came out of the blue.”
Mr Buffery offered his sympathies to the grieving family.
He said: “As soon as I heard John had died I offered to try and sell the scooter in the shop.
“The scooter was part-exchanged so we couldn’t buy it straight back.
“We can’t give a full refund because it’s no longer new but I am sure we could get a good enough price for it by selling it on in the shop.
“Because of the nature of the business this does happen a lot, when people buy something off us and then fall ill.
“We do try and sell items on when we can. There is no guarantee that a scooter will be sold quickly though.
“We are a local shop and we do try and help out our customers.”
The Russons are looking for £1,300 for the scooter, which retails new from £3,295.
If you think you can help, please call Keith on 01780 482397 or 07740 956189, or contact the Mercury.