James Rockett begins blog about experiences as a double amputee

Date published: 07 December 2017

James Rockett, has begun blogging to share both the good and bad experiences as a double amputee using a powerchair.

Mr Rockett, of Healey, had his first leg amputated in 2011 due to circulatory problems resulting from diabetes, and his second removed in 2016. He has been using a powerchair, a motorised wheelchair for indoor and outdoor use for approximately 18 months.

He said: “I began blogging after my partner Gillian taught me how.

“Every day, I face problems of access and ease of movement around various establishments. I decided on the blog in the hope that it will help other disabled people to know that they are not alone in having similar problems.”

The blog has so far covered topics such as parking in front of dropped kerbs, travelling, and both positive and negative experiences with local borough businesses.

Whilst Mr Rockett, 70, uses the powerchair to get around – which inspired the name of his blog ‘ThePowerChairRanger’ - he is also able to drive a specially adapted vehicle using hand controls. Known as a Wheelchair Adapted Vehicle, the Motability-supplied car car means Mr Rockett has been able to go away on trips for the first time in years without relying on a lift.

He continued: “The WAV is very useful for getting around and means I still have independence because I drive it myself. I’m very fortunate and things are going from strength to strength for me.”

Mr Rockett added: “It does not take much to improve the lot of disabled people: the disabled pound is as valid as the grey pound and the pink pound.”

You can read Mr Rockett’s blog at:


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