One day a father of two was crossing the road when his missed the kerb and fell to the ground.
This sort of thing had been happening for a while and his son turned to him and said: “Dad this is not cool, we need to get this sorted.”
It was a conversation which helped lead Guy Mortenson, 56, to be diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2014. It is a condition which is incurable and there is no treatment.
Over the past four years the St Paul’s resident noticed that it has been harder to walk, and he now uses a custom-made wooden staff to get around, as well as being harder to do simple things such as use his hands for cooking.
The biggest change has been in how the disease has affected Guy looking after his enormous German Shepherd dog Zen, who is he unable to take for long walks.
But the mature student at the University of Gloucestershire has now received a custom trike which he hopes will enable him to walk his dog again.
And he has set bigger challenges for himself as Guy aims to use the bike to raise money for charities close to his heart. It is even painted bright pink in aid of breast cancer awareness.
Guy said: “I am over the moon with the trike. A third year University of Gloucestershire student George Helder started a GoFundMe page for the bike as I went to a session called Wheels for All at the Prince of Wales stadium and saw what I thought would be able to benefit me with the MS.
“My friend Tracey also got in touch with the trustees at the Gloucestershire Disability Fund to see if they could put some funding towards the trike. Both of them did not tell me because they know that I would have told them not to.
“I am really pleased that they did because this means that I can walk Zen.”
It will take time for Guy to be able to build up his strength but he hopes to be able to cycle the entire length of the A40 on a charity fundraising mission.