‘HARLEY’, THE TGA MOBILITY SCOOTER ADDS SPICE TO LIFE OF OWNER WITH PARKINSON’S

Poet Beth Roberts on her beloved ‘Harley Davidson’ mobility scooter from TGA with husband Gordon and the family Jack Russell, Daisy.

Poet Beth Roberts on her beloved ‘Harley Davidson’ mobility scooter from TGA with husband Gordon and the family Jack Russell, Daisy.

Beth Roberts, 75 from Looe in Cornwall who has Parkinson’s Disease (PD), has published a collection of her poems and prose to raise money for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, an organisation which specialises in supporting research.  The first poem is about the joys of owning  a TGA ‘Harley Davidson style’ Supersport mobility scooter.

Beth moved to Cornwall in 1987 when her husband Gordon took a position at the then new Duchy Agricultural College. She has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren with another great-grandchild on the way in May. Beth has enjoyed a diverse and interesting life that included being a Nurse, Nanny, Secretary, and later a Volunteer Teacher and Personal Assistant during six years in Botswana, Africa. Beth was unfortunately diagnosed with possible PD in 2001 and in the same year also discovered she had a brain tumour. PD is a progressive neurological condition that affects mobility in varying degrees and can include tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement. Once Beth’s tumour was successfully removed the PD was confirmed, however since then she has rebuilt her life with the help of her family, friends and a remarkable mobility scooter that resembles a Harley Davidson motorbike. This striking black and chrome 3-wheel mobility scooter engineered by the UK’s leading mobility specialist, TGA, has enabled Beth to enjoy the beautiful rural surroundings in which she lives and has been the inspiration for some of  her poetry. The opening poem in her book, “Backyard Memories”, is all about her fondness for “Harley” and how it has improved her life on so many levels.

Beth explains: “I was encouraged to start compiling my poems a few years after diagnosis when I met Tom Isaacs who developed PD in his twenties. I read his book – ‘Shake Well before Use’ and his courage inspired me so much that I wanted all the proceeds from my little book to go to his charity, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. My first five hundred books have raised over £4,000 and I am now considering a further reprint if I can find the funding. If anyone can offer me a donation towards the printing costs, they would be assisting an extremely worthwhile cause! A spin-off from the book has been that I have occasionally been invited to speak at different groups about ‘Life with Parkie’. It is generally considered to be an older person’s illness yet one-in-twenty people with PD are under 40 years old.”

Beth continues: “With regards to my TGA Supersport, when it became necessary for me to have an aid of some sort, Gordon researched online.  We needed something that would be extremely stable, deliver a smooth ride and withstand the roughness and muddiness of our country lanes and fields.  My ‘Harley’ meets all these requirements and more.  Another bonus is the power of the motor as we have very steep hills to climb and my TGA Supersport manages them with ease. If I had to replace my ‘Harley’ for any reason, I would certainly go for the same model as it has made such a dramatic difference to my life.  We are able to fit it into the back of our Fiat Doblo when we go away on holiday with our caravan. It gives my family and I even more independence and time together. The robust chassis and large wheels enable the scooter to handle most terrain and I’ve been deemed ‘cool and with street cred’ by my Grandchildren!  It is a fantastic machine!”

Beth feels it is important for the general public to understand PD and how people affected by the condition can be helped. Last Year, Beth and Gordon, together with Philip and Faith Hambly, their very good neighbours, collected over £2,500 for Cancer Research UK by opening up their picturesque lakes and woodland to the general public.  This year, on the first Friday and Saturday of June, the Open Days will be in support of Parkinson’s UK and Macmillan Nurses.

Thanks to ‘Harley’, her rugged TGA Supersport mobility scooter, Beth can continue to enjoy composing poetry in her beautiful surroundings for years to come.

www.tgamobility.co.uk

TGA BREEZE 4S AND CONVERTED SUPERSPORT COMPLETE EXTREME MOBILITY SCOOTER BBC TOP GEAR CHALLENGE

1. Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director (right) with injured war veteran Nick Gibbons on a HD Breeze 4S GT, which completed the extreme BBC Top Gear mobility scooter challenge  2. BBC Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond powers ahead on a highly customised Supersport during the extreme mobility scooter challenge broadcast on 29 February 2012

1. Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director (right) with injured war veteran Nick Gibbons on a HD Breeze 4S GT, which completed the extreme BBC Top Gear mobility scooter challenge 2. BBC Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond powers ahead on a highly customised Supersport during the extreme mobility scooter challenge broadcast on 29 February 2012

A Breeze mobility scooter kindly supplied by TGA alongside a highly customised Supersport, have both successfully completed an extreme challenge on a Welsh mountain in association with Help for Heroes for the BBC Top Gear programme (broadcast 19 February 2012, BBC Two, 8pm).

TGA is a family-run business based in Sudbury, Suffolk, with a proven reputation for providing the widest range of quality mobility scooters across the UK since 1985. Not only are its products renowned for delivering exceptional ‘life value’, its market-leading customer service representatives have recently won the prestigious BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) Team of the Year Award 2011.

As a leading specialist in mobility, TGA was approached by the BBC with a view to loaning a scooter for the programme which Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director explains: “TGA is well known across the UK for supplying the most reliable and robust scooters in the marketplace, however when the Top Gear researchers contacted us, I knew this forthcoming challenge would push our products to the absolute limit. The challenge was to involve a dramatic race between two teams up a rugged mountain on the Glanusk Estate in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. Three disabled war veterans in association with the charity Help for Heroes were to compete against the BBC Top Gear presenters who would ride radically customised second hand scooters. The BBC needed robust scooters with proven off road capabilities and their researchers had obviously reviewed several larger scooters from a variety of suppliers before selecting the TGA Breeze 4S. They deemed it a model capable of tackling extreme rural terrain even though it is primarily engineered as a robust and luxurious scooter for everyday use.  We supplied the GT version that has wider wheels for extra traction and stability, plus heavy-duty batteries to give maximum range and power. We felt confident it would perform to the best of its ability and deliver 100% reliability, however we were a little apprehensive as the filming date approached anticipating a challenge which would undoubtedly be extraordinarily extreme.”

Approximately 8 million TV viewers tuned in to watch this episode which involved a race up the side of this well-known, rugged Welsh mountain. To reach the summit involved tackling inclines of 1-in-3, tracks covered in boulders, soggy thick mud and an overall distance which would test battery capabilities far beyond the norm. The race began around 8:30am on a cold January day at the base of the mountain and quickly unfolded into the usual format associated with Top Gear features of this nature. Riding the Breeze, Nick Gibbons and the other ex-soldiers took a more tactical, planned route to the top instead of the direct route taken by the TV presenters. James May and eventually Jeremy Clarkson became immobile as the terrain proved too tough for their chosen machines, however Richard Hammond continued on his Supersport which was modified with caterpillar tracks and a petrol engine.

Daniel continues: The Breeze is a very rugged scooter but is designed for everyday use, whether that is a trip to the shops or a journey in the countryside. The environment featured on the programme was extreme and the other products it competed against were solely designed for this type of terrain. The ground conditions were particularly difficult as the combination of frost followed by rain had produced unrelenting, slippery surfaces exacerbated by steep inclines. Working as a team, the Help for Heroes soldiers managed to overcome most obstacles and the Breeze only needed assistance in a couple of situations. The wider wheels and extra torque made all the difference and Nick said its stability was incredible even when turning on inclines. Bearing in mind one of the BBC crew’s 4×4 vehicles became stuck several times during the ascent and the other two products tipped over luckily without injury to their drivers, I am really proud of how our TGA scooter coped under these exceptional circumstances. It remained stable throughout the ascent and proves why it is first choice for so many less able individuals across the UK looking for a safe scooter they feel comfortable on.”

Daniel concludes: “As daylight began to fade, I was delighted to witness the ex-soldiers reach the top of the mountain with the HD Breeze GT looking in great shape and still having enough battery power for the return journey. Some time after the Union Jack was raised and flares were lit to signal their victory, Richard Hammond did eventually reach the top on his converted Supersport but the disabled veterans had already won the challenge. Out of six scooters that began the race, only four finished of which two were TGA based-products, which is testament to their strength, reliability and build quality. During the filming back at the Top Gear studio, the challenge was well received by all the audience however the perceived high cost of mobility scooters was highlighted. The TGA Breeze was cheaper than the other two scooters featured on the hillside, which consisted of a powerful 3- wheeler and a 4WD powerchair both of which were more specialised off-road machines. However the Breeze compared favourably and remained stable and safe even when negotiating slippery slopes and rugged terrain.  Richard Hammond suggested that car manufacturers should begin producing scooters to reduce the price but this is not really a fair comparison as the car industry is generally about mass produced products and massive volumes. Mobility scooters are different to cars in so many respects, they are in fact medical devices designed and made to very different criteria.  Saying that though, many thanks to the BBC who helped us demonstrate the amazing capabilities of the Breeze model. When you consider this TGA Breeze is not a specialist off-road vehicle, its achievements on BBC Top Gear are even more impressive.”

www.tgamobility.co.uk

 

Keen disabled caravanner pimps up ‘Harley Davidson’ TGA mobility scooter to relive biker days

Steve Bunker proudly shows off his pimped up ‘Harley Davidson’ TGA Supersport mobility scooter. This unique black and chrome trike allows him to continue exploring the UK with his caravan despite living with restricted mobility.

Steve Bunker proudly shows off his pimped up ‘Harley Davidson’ TGA Supersport mobility scooter. This unique black and chrome trike allows him to continue exploring the UK with his caravan despite living with restricted mobility.

Steve Bunker, 70 from Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, is a talented, retired engineer who needs assistance with his mobility and has ‘pimped up’ his 3-wheeler TGA Supersport mobility scooter to relive his biker days and so that he can continue touring the UK with his caravan.

Steve is a real character and has always had a passion for mechanics with a career in developmental engineering that spanned over 30 years. He has lived in Yorkshire for over 20 years with his wife and even though he has compressed lower vertebrae, Steve is able to enjoy independence in his surrounding scenic countryside thanks to a ‘Harley Davidson’ mobility scooter from TGA. With 2000 miles already clocked up on his scooter over three years, Steve has decided to employ his engineering prowess to modify the black and chrome Supersport so it resembles more of a road trike than a mobility product. This remarkable machine accompanies him around the UK as he tours with his adapted, ex-Police Vauxhall Omega MV6 estate and 22ft 6 berth caravan and has experienced countless opportunities to drive off road and discover remote parts of the country. In the past few years Steve’s powerful Supersport has allowed him to explore the whole of Southern England, the Midlands, Durham and Whitby and he spent 12 weeks touring Scotland, the Okneys and Western Isles. Steve was a keen motorcyclist when younger and his Supersport reminds him of bikes he used to own such as a highly modified Royal Enfield Crusader Sport and BSA Goldflash with Wessex sidecar which delivered that unbeatable ‘open road’ sensation. His appreciation of outstanding TGA engineering also comes from his passion for steam locomotives as he spent many years of his youth at the Nine Elms engine shed in South East London. Steve also has a vested interest in the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust who helped to build the first steam engine in 60 years as his son is the Operational Director of the highly publicised ‘Tornado’.

This ‘Easy Rider’ TGA Supersport is popular across the UK with individuals looking for a mobility scooter that resembles more of a motortrike than a traditional ‘old fashioned’ product, which appealed to Steve as he explains: “I had previously tried various mobility scooters but being an old biker, the Supersport attracted me with its stability, reliability, performance and rugged design – perfect! I have completed all my modifications and am really chuffed with the end result; this piece of kit is now definitely unique on the roads of Yorkshire. The many hours I have spent in adapting my scooter has now resulted in a design that features twin horns, additional lights, telescopic forks, an auxiliary socket for CD player and mobile phone, hydraulic seat suspension, 14 x 6” Mazda MX5 rear wheels, easy rider foot rests and modified hub caps. Even though the basic TGA Supersport is a very sturdy scooter and used by many members of the Disabled Ramblers Association, my bespoke machine takes mobility to another level and is such fun. The wider rear car wheels give me much more traction and wherever I have ventured across the UK, however remote, my Supersport has never let me down – I completely trust its ability to cope with tough terrain. I believe it is a powerful as the TGA Breeze S4 that won the BBC Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge back in February. I may be 70, but don’t feel a day over 30 hence I look forward to many more adventures in the future on my beloved Supersport.”

Designed to reflect the characteristics of a motorcycle, the TGA Supersport provides a visual statement along with rugged performance. One of the more established products from TGA, the Supersport has an impressive and trusted heritage for stability, manoeuvrability and the capability to handle most off road situations. Whether providing independence in town or in rural settings, Steve has the advantage of a top speed of 12km/h (8mph), a range of 32km (20miles) and a high ground clearance of 125mm (5”). If further distance is required then batteries can be upgraded to heavy-duty versions which then provide a range of up to 48km (30miles). The Supersport will transport a user weighing up to 160kg (25stone) and is capable of negotiating a 21% incline. The Supersport is only available in black and chrome and there are long chassis and extra wide seat versions available. Optional accessories include a lockable rear box, sun canopy and second rear view mirror.

www.tgamobility.co.uk

TGA BREEZE GOLF MOBILITY SCOOTER SUCCESSFULLY SUPPORTS SCOTTISH PAN-DISABILITY OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

The TGA Breeze S4 Golf mobility scooter has been specifically designed to be suitable for use on most golf courses. Pictured here being ridden by Jim Gales MBE, founder of the SDGP alongside fellow competitors of the 3rd Pan Disability Open Championships at Kinross Golf Club (8–10 August). From left to right: Andre Ramsey, Paul Shepherd, Chris Corbett, Gerry Canny, Martin Case, Adrian Canny, Jocky Elliott, Bill Routlidge, Mike Mayo, John Murray, Jim Gales, Kevin Harmison, Kerr Scott, Kenny Morrison, Peter Osbourne, Stevie Cunningham, Gordon Waddell, John Pennycott, Andy McDonald and Tucker Chance.

The TGA Breeze S4 Golf mobility scooter has been specifically designed to be suitable for use on most golf courses. Pictured here being ridden by Jim Gales MBE, founder of the SDGP alongside fellow competitors of the 3rd Pan Disability Open Championships at Kinross Golf Club (8–10 August).
From left to right: Andre Ramsey, Paul Shepherd, Chris Corbett, Gerry Canny, Martin Case, Adrian Canny, Jocky Elliott, Bill Routlidge, Mike Mayo, John Murray, Jim Gales, Kevin Harmison, Kerr Scott, Kenny Morrison, Peter Osbourne, Stevie Cunningham, Gordon Waddell, John Pennycott, Andy McDonald and Tucker Chance.

The UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist, TGA, was delighted to support the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership (SDGP) 2012 Open Championships at Kinross Golf Club (8–10 August) with a unique Breeze S4 Golf mobility scooter suitable for most courses and congratulates the 21 disabled players and three coaches who competed.

The SDGP is a charity established in 2004 by Jim Gales who is registered blind and was awarded an MBE for his work in promoting disabled sport. The group currently has over 140 active members and is the only organisation of its kind in Scotland where disabled individuals have the ability to play golf irrespective of specific conditions. These conditions can include people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis and Parkinson’s and those recovering from a stroke. Amputees and individuals who are partially sighted or have reduced hearing can also take part and benefit from the support of the society, which manages around 40 ‘swing clinics’ and competitions throughout the year. The SDGP has evolved rapidly since inception and provides golf training and competition for many hundreds of people in addition to club members. The TGA Breeze S4 Golf mobility scooter, which supported the Open Championships this year, is a unique solution which helps these types of disabled individual access most golf courses through design features such as fairway friendly wheels, ample battery range and an orthopedic, rotating seat with lift up arms.

Adrian Canny from Southern Ireland, who is registered blind, won the overall (nett) competition with 226 strokes over the three days followed by Andy McDonald (leg amputee) in 2nd place with 233 and Jim Gales in 3rd with 240 shots. Stevie Cunningham, SDGP Chairman commented: “The highlight of the tournament was the bringing together of disabled golfers from throughout the UK, enjoying the competition in fantastic weather and the social aspects of the 19th hole. We had a lot of press coverage prior to the event through Golfblogger, Insight Radio, local newspapers and a mention on independent radio, which is excellent for raising more awareness of our organisation and is partly due to the assistance of TGA. The management committee and members of the SDGP would like to thank TGA for their support of the 3rd Pan Disability Open Championships and all of the players and coaches who saw and tried out the TGA Breeze S4 were very impressed with its design, comfort, build quality and versatility. Some people recognised it immediately from its appearance on BBC Top Gear and one of our members, Kevin Harmison, a lower leg amputee, said ‘I really like the idea of the Breeze S4 being road legal and having a 30 mile range. It is a great idea for those who live a few miles from their local golf club. You can just load up your clubs and away you go. I will be making some more enquiries when I get back home.’ A big thanks goes to Harry Reed from TGA for taking the time to bring along the Breeze S4 and demonstrating it so well.”

The 12km/h (8mph) Breeze S4 Golf is a 4-wheel mobility scooter that is part of the renowned Breeze family from TGA. It has an established and respected reputation for providing exceptional reliability, comfort and build quality and the Golf version is adapted with wider wheels and an optional golf bag attachment. The wider tyres provide softer contact with fairways so that good traction is maintained without damaging the playing surface. It has a range of up to 48km (30 miles) that is ample range for 18 holes and the Breeze can safely climb a 9.5 degree slope – perfect for manoeuvring around bunkers and out of bounds if needed.

Daniel Stone, TGA’s Managing Director concludes: “We are delighted to hear that the 3rd Pan Disability Open Championships were a huge success for all involved and the TGA Breeze S4 Golf was so popular with the competitors. TGA are always committed to supporting groups and societies that collectively assist people with disabilities enhance their independence, inclusion and enjoyment. We believe the TGA Breeze S4 Golf mobility scooter does just that.”

www.tgamobility.co.uk

www.sdgp.co.uk

Get Going Live! – Young people with disabilities take the first drive of their life

Mobility Choice's Get Going Live! 3 was a huge success at TRL, Wokingham - 11 Aug 2012

Mobility Choice’s Get Going Live! 3 was a huge success at TRL, Wokingham – 11 Aug 2012

13 August 2012 – On Saturday 11 August young people with disabilities keen to start driving, together with their families and other newly disabled people needing to get back behind the wheel, came to TRL Wokingham to try adapted motoring and left feeling inspired and hugely optimistic.

From as far afield as East Somerset, Devon and Kent they joined local teenagers with disabilities, to experience the first drive of their life at Get Going Live! a free one day driving event organised by charities Disabled Motoring UK and Mobility Choice, which organises the annual Mobility Roadshow. Mobility Choice has its national office in Wokingham.

Jacqui Jones, Executive Director of Mobility Choice said: “This was the third in a short series of regional events specifically for this young audience, and we had a fantastic day. We are delighted that it attracted visitors from far and wide into the county. When you are young and disabled it is not easy to know where to begin your motoring journey – very often a vital step towards independence when embarking on further education or career. This event offered a fast track to getting started, as well as the thrill of getting behind the wheel.”

Said one parent whose daughter was driving for the first time: “This has been a great experience. It has answered a lot of questions and for my daughter allayed nervousness. It has given us all the confidence of knowing that she is going to be able to be independent.”

Young people with disabilities can gain a driving licence at 16, a year ahead of those who are not disabled. On Saturday they were able to test drive and compare different vehicles, choosing from around 20 standard production models fitted with a variety of adaptations, plus drive-from-wheelchair options, accompanied by an experienced professional driver.

In informal Ask the Driver sessions Jack Pegram, 20-year-old student and recent Olympic Torchbearer from Bushey, Herts, shared his experience of learning to drive, choosing a vehicle, finding the right adaptations and generally getting on the road.

From experts there was advice on anything from vehicle assessment and choosing adaptations, the benefits of the Motability scheme, finding an appropriate driving instructor, to simpler but often vital tips on how to transfer to and from the driver’s seat, lift wheelchairs into a boot and how to position your seat and seat belt correctly.

On a lighter note, many saw life from a new perspective up on the fully accessible 7m climbing wall and enjoyed bike rides on a selection of all-ability cycles.

The next major mobility event for the consumer is the Mobility Roadshow at Telford International Centre, 27-29 June 2013. For more information visit: www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk

GET GOING LIVE! EXHIBITORS CONFIRMED FOR SAT 11 AUG 2012 TRL WOKINGHAM

Taking place at the TRL site near Wokingham, Berkshire, on Saturday 11th August, Get Going Live! is organised by two national disability charities, Disabled Motoring UK and Mobility Choice, the team behind the Mobility Roadshow, delivering this important service to novice disabled drivers.

Taking place at the TRL site near Wokingham, Berkshire, on Saturday 11th August, Get Going Live! is organised by two national disability charities, Disabled Motoring UK and Mobility Choice, the team behind the Mobility Roadshow, delivering this important service to novice disabled drivers.

If you are young, disabled and keen to get behind the wheel, or newly disabled and want to research adapted motoring options, Get Going Live! is just for you.  This exciting one-day event will help you start driving and plan for your first car.

Taking place at the TRL site near Wokingham, Berkshire, on Saturday 11th August, Get Going Live! is organised by two national disability charities, Disabled Motoring UK and Mobility Choice, the team behind the Mobility Roadshow, delivering this important service to novice disabled drivers.

Young people with disabilities can gain a driving licence at 16, a year ahead of those who are not disabled. That’s great news, but where do you start? At this free one-day event you can test drive adapted vehicles and get expert advice from organisations and companies with a wealth of experience.

You must be aged 14 to test drive a choice of around 20 adapted vehicles on the TRL road system, accompanied at all times by a professional driver. Younger prospective learners are welcome to practise transferring, familiarise themselves with controls and may also travel as a passenger with an instructor.

Visitors can also try out fully accessible 7m climbing wall with over 20 routes to the top, plus all-ability cycling – so bring the family!.

In the Ask the Driver feature, visitors can talk to Jack Pegram, 20-year-old student and recent Olympic Torchbearer about his own real-time experiences of learning to drive, choosing a vehicle, finding the right adaptations and generally getting on the road. Jack will also have his Olympic Torch with him for visitors see first-hand.

The first two Get Going Live! events of the summer at Donington Park and the YEC Harrogate brought visitors from all over the UK for their first taste of adapted driving. “Absolutely fantastic, invaluable for first time drivers,” said 17-year-old Callum Hodgson. ” Where else can you get a chance to try so many cars. I really enjoyed the Astra, something to aspire to!” 15-year-old Hannah Booth said: “I’ve had a brilliant day! The driving was great – loads of choice and information too.”

And it’s not only younger people that have benefitted from these events: 80-year-old Joan Sidney from  North Allerton came to Harrogate to get back behind the wheel after an accident last year. “I can’t wait to be driving again!” said Joan.

Check out www.getgoingnow.org for the latest news and to register, or call 01508 489 449. Get Going Live! at TRL is open from 10am – 5pm, admission and activities free.

CONFIRMED EXHIBITORS:

INDOOR

Ampstuff – Clothing and accessories

Ask the Driver – Been there, done that, got the licence

Ask Jules – Lifestyle information service

Autoadapt – Driver Test Station

D & S Events – Test drive management

 Etac UK Ltd – Wheelchairs

Disabled Motoring UK – Motoring organisation

Forum of Mobility Centres – Assessment & advice

Mobility Choice – Event Team + Ready Willing & Mobile and On the Move Photographic competitions’ organisers

Motability – Motability scheme information

Phab – National clubs for disabled & non-disabled people

QEF Mobility Services – Assessment and advice

Regional Driving Assessment Centre (RDAC) – Assessment & Advice

Ricability – Information

Spokeguards by Remploy – Bespoke spokeguards for Wheelchairs

Whizz-Kidz – National charity

OUTDOOR

Brig Ayd – Hoists and Disabled driving aids

ESM School of Motoring

Lewis Reed (WAV) Ltd – Drive from wheelchair & WAV vehicles

Local/regional ADIs (driving schools)

PB Conversions – Vehicle adaptations

SEAT Young Driver Training – Test drives

Team Hybrid – Handcycles

Sirus Automotive – Drive from wheelchair & WAV vehicles

Telford IC announced as venue for 30th Anniversary Mobility Roadshow 2013

Celebrating 30 years as the UK’s original consumer mobility and independent lifestyle event, dedicated to people with disabilities of all ages, next year’s Mobility Roadshow will be held at the Telford International Centre on 27th, 28th and 29th June 2013.

Celebrating 30 years as the UK’s original consumer mobility and independent lifestyle event, dedicated to people with disabilities of all ages, next year’s Mobility Roadshow will be held at the Telford International Centre on 27th, 28th and 29th June 2013.

Celebrating 30 years as the UK’s original consumer mobility and independent lifestyle event, dedicated to people with disabilities of all ages, next year’s Mobility Roadshow will be held at the Telford International Centre on 27th, 28th and 29th June 2013.

For the first time in the show’s history, test drives will take place on public roads around the venue, offering visitors a more authentic driving experience. The Mobility Roadshow was the first event to offer opportunities to test drive production model vehicles with a variety of adaptations, enabling people with disabilities the rare opportunity to ‘try before you buy’.

“We are very excited to be hosting the 30th anniversary Mobility Roadshow at Telford,” said Jacqui Jones, Executive Director of Mobility Choice, the charity that organises the event. “We’ve had three excellent years at Peterborough Arena, a fine venue for the show, but it’s time to move on again to give visitors from the west of the country the chance of easier access to the event. We are looking forward to the exciting new opportunities that Telford International Centre can offer the event, including all-indoor exhibition space.

“The innovation behind some of the robotic products we saw at the Roadshow this year is light-years away from what was available back in 1983 – we therefore have much to celebrate 30 years on.”

This hugely popular annual event has been held at various locations around the United Kingdom since established at the Transport Research Laboratory, Crowthorne in 1983.  Whether at TRL, Donington Park, Kemble Airfield, Stoneleigh Park, or Peterborough, thousands of disabled people from across the UK, Europe and beyond, make this an annual ‘pilgrimage’ to keep up-to-date with latest developments that enable them to maintain an independent  lifestyle through enhanced mobility. For first-time visitors it opens the door to a new world of optimism and possibility.

Keep abreast of news as it unfolds by registering at mobilityroadshow.co.uk to receive updates on the Mobility Roadshow 2013.

Telford International Centre - the location of the 2013 Mobility Roadshow (27-29 June)

Telford International Centre – the location of the 2013 Mobility Roadshow (27-29 June)