GAINSBOROUGH SPECIALIST BATHING LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF MODULAR, ACCESSIBLE SHOWER UNITS

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, Europe’s leading choice in hi-lo assisted baths, has launched a new range of assistive showers to complement its popular baths and recently introduced patient hoists.

 

The new, assisted shower units from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing incorporate all the same high levels of quality,  safety and comfort that are associated with its established bathing range.

The new, assisted shower units from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing incorporate all the same high levels of quality, safety and comfort that are associated with its established bathing range.

As part of the Care in Bathing group Gainsborough has manufactured in the UK for over 25 years and the launch of this new showering range offers care providers with a number of significant advantages.

These modular shower units, with integrated folding seats, encompass the same high levels of quality, safety and comfort associated with Gainsborough baths.

Ideal for high-traffic environments in long term care or acute care settings, these new assisted showering solutions are exceptionally durable and remarkably versatile. The ability to shower safely and in complete comfort has been carefully considered throughout the product development process. This has resulted in showering solutions that incorporate Gainsborough’s innovative MicroGuard antimicrobial protection. This greatly reduces the risk of cross-infection and TMV2/3 thermostatically controlled shower units prevent any risk of scalding.

Gordon Farmiloe, Care in Bathing Managing Director commented: “2013 has already proven to be highly successful for Gainsborough Specialist Bathing and this latest launch will further strengthen our product portfolio. We take pride in now being able to offer customers a more comprehensive package of solutions. We are regarded as true pioneers in the assisted bathing market and have employed all our expertise in developing this new showering range. These exciting new solutions are the result of intensive R&D that will ensure the range meets all the demands of the modern care environment.”

Available in three modular sizes to accommodate various room layouts, the new assistive showers from Gainsborough maximise accessibility and versatility through intelligent design. They are available with a wide choice of wallboard and flooring options for new build or retrofit installations. Each shower module comes with a low-level access, slip resistant shower tray and is available with half-height shower doors or flat glass screens.  Showering comfort is further enhanced with the addition of a soft-touch, padded seat or mobile shower chair to assist with client transfers in and out of the bathroom.

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40-YEAR-OLD STROKE SURVIVOR FROM POOLE TOPS 3,000 MILES ON RADICAL TGA VITA MOBILITY SCOOTER

Andi Peach, 40 from Poole in Dorset, has just reached the milestone of driving 3,000 miles in less than two years on his funky TGA Vita mobility scooter which helped him rebuild his life following a massive stroke in 2008.

Andi Peach, 40 from Poole in Dorset, has just reached the milestone of driving 3,000 miles on his funky TGA Vita mobility scooter which helped him rebuild his life following a massive stroke in 2008.

Andi Peach, 40 from Poole in Dorset, has just reached the milestone of driving 3,000 miles on his funky TGA Vita mobility scooter which helped him rebuild his life following a massive stroke in 2008.

Andi is a lively and positive disabled individual who lives with his wife Claire, two boys and has a daughter located 12 miles away. He is able to regularly independently visit his daughter thanks to a radical, cutting-edge mobility scooter from TGA. Without this mobility scooter that is his only form of transport, Andi would have no independence as he cannot drive after his stroke and walking is difficult. Andi has lived in the local area for over 30 years and used to successfully fulfill a demanding role working for UK Mail. In 2008 and completely without warning, he experienced a huge stroke that ultimately resulted in Andi living with limited movement to the right side of his body.

Andi explains: “Having a stroke was scary and such a shock, I’m so lucky that it only affected the right side of my body. Since 2008, I have been able to get my life back on track and owning such a fantastic Vita mobility scooter in the last two years, has played a crucial part in my rehabilitation. My TGA Vita has given me the opportunity to explore so much of our beautiful Dorset countryside and not be housebound. I regularly like to visit Poole Quay and Upton Country Park as they are both so scenic. Most of the time I don’t pre-plan where I am going to drive, I just go, often completing over 26 miles per day and ending up at my daughter’s house in Boscombe. When the weather is good, I can travel around 100 miles plus a week. I have just clocked up over 3000 miles – I couldn’t believe it when I looked down at the mile-o-meter! Without my scooter, living with the effects of stroke would be so much harder to face.”

Andi continues: “I have been on so many fun adventures, however the most important change my Vita has made is giving me the ability to complete daily tasks such as shopping. I have a special mobility scooter trailer that is in constant use – from going to the shops to helping my wife collect her Avon books. My TGA Vita is my car, without it I would be completely lost. Everywhere I go I get asked about my Vita, where I got it from and how fast does it go? It deserves great praise for its dynamic, eye-catching looks that resemble more of a posh car than an old-fashioned mobility scooter – well done TGA for designing such an awesome scooter. My wife often says to me let’s go for a woodland walk and of course I jump at the chance to show off my scooter. I would strongly recommend this model to all younger people living with a disability who want something cool and sporty.”

Andi’s TGA Vita 4 is unlike any other mobility scooter in terms of technology and looks. Utilising engineering techniques from the motorcycle industry, it incorporate state of the art styling, all round suspension with a revolutionary rear mono shock absorber, high visibility long life LED head and rear lights and an advanced LCD tiller control panel. Ideal for owners looking for a less traditional looking scooter, the Vita 4 provide comfort for owners weighing up to 159kg (25 stone) and deliver a top speed of 12.8km/h (8mph).

It is the same model owned by Steve Tarrant, the high profile disabled motorsport marshal also from Poole who miraculously survived being hit by an F1 car travelling at 150mph whilst marshaling at Goodwood. In 2014 and with the support of TGA, Steve is aiming to smash the current world record for the fastest time ever from John O’Groats to Land’s End travelling by mobility scooter.

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JAMES PAGRAM WITH MS RAISES £7,000 FOR MS SOCIETY DURING 101-MILE SOUTH DOWNS FUNDRAISER ON TGA MOBILITY SCOOTER

James Pagram who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), has successfully completed his 101-mile, four-day, South Downs challenge on a TGA Breeze mobility scooter, which has raised over £7,000 for the MS Society.

James Pagram, 48 living with MS from Eastbourne, successfully drove 101 miles along the South Downs Way on a TGA Breeze mobility scooter between 9-12th August to raise funds for the MS Society. James is pictured here on his TGA Breeze alongside Stephen Lloyd MP (centre), Craig Seaman, TGA Mobility engineer (centre left) and his two support riders.

James Pagram, 48 living with MS from Eastbourne, successfully drove 101 miles along the South Downs Way on a TGA Breeze mobility scooter between 9-12th August to raise funds for the MS Society. James is pictured here on his TGA Breeze alongside Stephen Lloyd MP (centre), Craig Seaman, TGA Mobility engineer (centre left) and his two support riders.

Ex-city worker James, 48 from Eastbourne, is a dynamic and positive character despite living with regular fatigue and mobility problems due to MS. Nevertheless he managed to drive the same model that successfully won the BBC Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge last year, for four days from Winchester to Eastbourne. The proven off-road capabilities of the TGA Breeze were once again tested to the absolute limit as James drove cross-country with the support of two friends on mountain bikes and a TGA engineer. He began on 9th August at the BMI Hospital, Winchester and then successfully negotiated his way through Hampshire, East and West Sussex with arrival at ‘The Pilot’ Public House, Meads (near Beachy Head) in Eastbourne on 12th August.

James completed a successful 20-year career working in the City of London as an Accountant and was diagnosed with MS in 1998. He continued with his 6am commute until 2003 when the affects of his MS resulted in early retirement. He is now the Treasurer of the Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society branch and has been planning this fundraiser for several months.

TGA, the UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist from Sudbury Suffolk, comprehensively supported James before and during his challenge. The business loaned the latest Breeze S4 off road mobility scooter, spare batteries and full technical back up with the attendance of a TGA engineer throughout the journey. The TGA Breeze delivered 100% reliability throughout the journey and successfully tackling rough, off-road terrain with ease through its extra wide rear wheels and enhanced power. During the 101-mile route, Stephen Lloyd MP and Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for MS joined James for five miles of the journey between Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon.

James commented: “The last four days have been simply fantastic and so memorable. The support team and I are overjoyed that we have managed to raise £7,000 for the MS Society and further funds are continuing to come in. I knew it would be tough with my MS as I get so tired, however with the invaluable help of my support riders, James McIntyre and Roger Mills, alongside Craig Seaman the TGA engineer, we did it! I knew the TGA Breeze was renowned for its reliability and robustness, however the last four days have really underlined this reputation in my opinion. It coped admirably with the really tough terrain we came across from sustained climbs to steep descents and the battery range was incredible. Even when we came up against a locked gate and railway sleepers blocking our path, TGA saved the day as Craig had a set of ramps with him. Throughout the journey there were indeed highs and lows for all of us, however we achieved our end goal and would like to thank all the people and companies who have helped us reach such a great donation total.”

James continues: “We had two simple aims on this amazing adventure, to raise funds for the MS Society and heighten awareness of the condition – I believe we have achieved these and far more. The £7,000 we have accumulated will be wisely invested by the MS Society to help fellow MSers like myself on both a national and local level. This experience has been so amazing for me, I am already planning my next fundraiser which could even be aboard.”

Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concludes: “We would like to fully congratulate James on his remarkable achievement. Bearing in mind the affects of his MS, he has beaten the odds to complete this 101-mile challenge and raise such an impressive figure. TGA are proud to have assisted with raising funds for the MS charity as we believe it delivers invaluable support across the UK. We always knew our Breeze mobility scooter would stand up to this extreme challenge and that our engineer Craig was the perfect technical expert to support James. Well done again James and good luck with further fundraising in the future.”

Donations to the 101’ers South Downers MS Society fundraiser can still be made at: http://southdowns101ers.com

The South Downs 101’ers route:
Day 1: 9th August: BMI Hospital, Sarum Road, Winchester (9am) – South Harting (8pm approx.)
Day 2: 10th August: South Harting (9am) – Steyning (7pm approx.)
Day 3: 11th August: Steyning (9am) – Rodmell (7pm approx.)
Day 4: 12th August: Rodmell (9am) – Meads (4pm approx.)

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9-12TH AUG: TGA & MP TO SUPPORT 101’ERS SOUTH DOWNS MS SOCIETY FUNDRAISER WITH TOP GEAR WINNING BREEZE MOBILITY SCOOTER

TGA, the UK’s leading mobility specialist, will be supporting James Pagram who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), as he attempts to drive a TGA Breeze mobility scooter 101 miles along the South Downs Way, between 9-12th August to raise funds for the MS Society.

 

James Pagram, 48 living with MS from Eastbourne, will attempt to drive 101 miles along the South Downs Way on a TGA Breeze mobility scooter between 9-12th August to raise funds for the MS Society. James is pictured here on his TGA Breeze alongside Stephen Lloyd MP (centre left) and his two support riders.

James Pagram, 48 living with MS from Eastbourne, will attempt to drive 101 miles along the South Downs Way on a TGA Breeze mobility scooter between 9-12th August to raise funds for the MS Society. James is pictured here on his TGA Breeze alongside Stephen Lloyd MP (centre left) and his two support riders.

James, 48 from Eastbourne, will be driving the same model that successfully won the BBC Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge last year. During this transmission, a disabled war veteran successfully reached the top of a rugged Welsh mountainside on a TGA Breeze whilst beating the Top Gear presenters who rode highly adapted mobility scooters. James will once again test the proven off-road capabilities of the TGA Breeze mobility scooter as he drives 101 miles cross-country from Winchester to Eastbourne so funds are raised for the MS Society. He will begin his journey at 9am on 9th August at the BMI Hospital, Sarum Road, Winchester. He will then travel through Hampshire, East and West Sussex with an arrival planned at ‘The Pilot’ Public House, Meads (near Beachy Head) in Eastbourne between 3-6pm on 12th August.

Stephen Lloyd MP and Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for MS, will be joining James on Sunday 11th for five miles of the journey between Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon. James is actively encouraging all people affected by, or who has links with MS, to join him on his journey at any point during the four days. It is hoped Steve Tarrant, the disabled motorsport marshal and Mobility Roadshow Ambassador who plans to set a new world record on a TGA scooter in 2014, will be able to support James for a section of this South Downs challenge.

James completed a successful 20-year career working in the City of London as an Accountant and was diagnosed with MS in 1998. He continued with his 6am commute until 2003 when the affects of his MS resulted in early retirement. He is now the Treasurer of the Eastbourne and South Wealden MS Society branch and has been planning this fundraiser for several months. James explains: “I own a robust, older version of the TGA Breeze however after contacting and meeting TGA at their Suffolk headquarters, the loan of the latest Breeze S4 became possible. The fact that this model was so successful climbing a muddy and rocky Brecon Beacons summit on BBC Top Gear, fills me with complete peace of mind for my forthcoming challenge. I will be riding alongside my friends James and Roger who will be supporting me on mountain bikes and TGA have provided all the technical training for the guys to efficiently change batteries. With heavy-duty batteries onboard we should be able to achieve 30 miles on each set dependent on weather and surface conditions.

James continues: “The South Downs 101’ers have two simple aims – to raise funds for the MS Society and heighten awareness of the condition. I invite everyone with links to MS to come and join me for all or part of the journey. The more people we get involved on scooters or bicycles, the more we can help people living with, or affected by MS. I am so looking forward to this road trip, it maybe difficult at times but I’m sure it will be enormous fun for myself and all involved.”

James has the full backing of the national MS Society and will have mechanical support from TGA for the first two days that will include batteries, chargers and on-call engineers. TGA are providing James with the latest Breeze S4 mobility scooter with wider rear wheels and additional torque so he has the power and performance to complete this off-road journey. Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concludes: “We believe the MS Society delivers invaluable support across the UK and the whole TGA team is proud to be associated with raising funds for this charity. We have met with

James and believe his has the commitment and drive to successfully complete this 101-mile challenge. Bearing in mind his MS, James’ continued work for the MS Society is admirable and we wish him the very best of luck in raising donations for the charity. The TGA technical team will shortly begin preparing the Breeze S4 that will be loaned for this challenge and believe its proven track record for unsurpassed performance, will ensure James is capable of successfully tackling his off-road route with 100% reliability.”

We would encourage everyone to support James’ and his challenge by donating to the MS Society at his dedicated website: http://southdowns101ers.com

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The South Downs 101’ers itinerary:
Day 1: 9th August: BMI Hospital, Sarum Road, Winchester (9am) – South Harting (6pm approx.)

 Day 2: 10th August: South Harting (9am) – Steyning (6pm approx.)

Day 3: 11th August: Steyning (9am) – Rodmell (6pm approx.)
Join James on his trail between Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon, leaving Devil’s Dyke at 2pm. Supper at the Abergavenny Arms from 6pm

Day 4: 12th August: Rodmell (9am) – Meads (4pm approx.)
Join James for the final descent into Meads, leaving Beachy Head Inn at 3pm arriving at The Pilot, Meads around 4pm