SCOTTISH RETIRED NURSE WITH PARKINSON’S CONTINUES VOLUNTARY MUSEUM WORK THANKS TO REVOLUTIONARY TGA MINIMO MOBILITY SCOOTER

Despite living with Parkinson’s, Janet Murray, 68 and a retired nurse from North East Scotland, continues to volunteer at The Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre thanks to the revolutionary new TGA Minimo mobility scooter.

Despite living with Parkinson’s, Janet Murray, continues to volunteer at The Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre thanks to the revolutionary new TGA Minimo mobility scooter.

Despite living with Parkinson’s, Janet Murray, continues to volunteer at The Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre thanks to the revolutionary new TGA Minimo mobility scooter.

Janet lives in the coastal town of Buckie, which is north west of Aberdeen and has regained her independence both indoors and out with a pioneering type of new, foldable mobility scooter. Janet’s condition restricts her mobility so walking around home or out in the village was extremely difficult until she owned a Minimo. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years ago following a successful 38-year career as a nurse. Janet described her job as ‘absolutely amazing’ and a period in her life that she ‘would not swop for anything in the world.’ As her condition is now ‘catching up on her’ Janet was desperate to maintain freedom further afield in the car, however her previous scooter was impractical for transportation. Her ability to spend time volunteering at the local fishing heritage museum was also under jeopardy until she saw this new type of collapsible mobility scooter from TGA. Janet is a tour attendant at The Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre, which is a Scottish Tourist Board Three-star visitor attraction. It was established in 1986 and displays photographs, memorabilia and model ships celebrating the history of the Moray Firth.

Janet’s TGA Minimo represents a revolution in compact, mobility scooter design. It will cleverly collapse into a compact size for easy storage and without the need to dismantle parts, which provides a significant benefit to end users who live with restricted mobility. The Minimo is available with a super lightweight lithium battery option that can be raised with a single finger so strain-free lifting is assured. The folding mechanism is activated by a simple, single-handed operation and when assembled, the Minimo provides remarkable levels of manoeuvrability, comfort and safety.

Janet comments: “I haven’t owned my Minimo that long as its design is so new, however I already love it. I’ve never seen a scooter like this before and as my previous one was impractical for storing in the car boot, my mobility outside of Buckie was very restricted. Now my Minimo is sure to travel with me wherever I go and as it is so manoeuvrable, I have been driving around inside at home which is a massive help. The fact that I can get the Minimo into the car in one piece is a big plus for me and also means I can continue being a tour attendant at the museum. I can negotiate around the exhibits inside the building whilst explaining our nautical history to visitors from all over the world. I am a strong believer in keeping Scottish history alive so being a supporter of The Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre is very important to me. Time spent volunteering is a vital part of my life now since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s and without my TGA scooter, I know this would have been affected as my condition develops. I can also now visit the local shops independently and go out to enjoy the beautiful coastline thanks to my Minimo.”

Daniel Stone, Managing Director of TGA who supply the Minimo concludes: “It always fills us with great pride when we see the freedom and positive impact on lifestyles and hobbies that our mobility scooters deliver. The Minimo brings together an unprecedented level of features in the car boot class and with the market trend towards smaller machines growing, we believe the Minimo represents the future of compact mobility scooter design.”

www.tgamobility.co.uk

CHARITY PATRON AND FESTIVAL FAN WITH MS CONTINUES LOVE OF MOTORCYCLES THANKS TO ‘HARLEY DAVIDSON’ TGA MOBILITY SCOOTER

Despite living with Multiple Sclerosis, Brenda Escreet, 66 from Lancashire continues to attend numerous music festivals and gigs, support several charities and have ‘biking’ freedom outdoors thanks to her TGA Supersport mobility scooter.

Despite living with Multiple Sclerosis, Brenda Escreet, 56 from Lancashire continues to attend numerous music festivals and gigs thanks to her TGA Supersport mobility scooter.

Despite living with Multiple Sclerosis, Brenda Escreet, 56 from Lancashire continues to attend numerous music festivals and gigs thanks to her TGA Supersport mobility scooter.

Brenda was originally born in Lancashire and after a period living in London now lives back in her native county. Her village of Crag Bank is situated near Morecambe and is surrounded by picturesque yet rugged countryside that she can access thanks to a TGA Supersport. This model of mobility scooter is chosen by many members of the national Disabled Ramblers for its proven power and ability in tackling off road terrain and challenging tracks. Designed to reflect the characteristics of a motorcycle, the TGA Supersport does not resemble a traditional looking mobility scooter and is renowned for its rugged performance.

Brenda lives life to the full and does not let her condition hold her back. Her achievements range from charity work, rambling, writing poetry and attending festivals such as WOMAD (World of Music and Dance). She is patron of ‘Partners in Education Swaziland’, has completed charity work in Africa and has four children and seven grandchildren. This year she attended her 27th WOMAD festival in Gloucestershire on her TGA Supersport, which provides essential independence as Brenda’s MS severely limits walking and general mobility.

Brenda comments: “For the third year running, TGA Supersport, my husband Malcolm and I attended the WOMAD festival along with around 35,000 other people. It is such an inclusive event, I cannot complement the organisers more for the levels of accessibility they provide throughout the festival. We used to run a charity stall at WOMAD every year however as my condition has progressed, we now go along and spend time solely enjoying the music and atmosphere. My TGA Supersport attracted as much interest as some of the performers and people from all over the world admired it and ‘had a go’ on this wonder machine. We live in Crag Bank, a tiny village on the edge of Morecambe Bay and my Supersport gets me into Carnforth to do the shopping or down to Morecambe to see friends, with its 30-mile range, it makes off road or distance achievable. I have MS and buying a Supersport has given me back a large piece of my independence. Disabled and non-disabled people see the Supersport and experience instant scooter envy!’

Brenda continued: “We can go out together, Malcolm on his beloved bicycle and me on my Supersport. Our grandchildren, eldest son and his wife have all travelled in convoy from their home in Bassenthwaite across the fields and down to the lake. The grounds of Chatsworth and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park present no problems – I sometimes think I manage to do more than before I was diagnosed with MS thanks to my TGA Supersport!”

Before the affects of MS became apparent, Brenda was a keen motorcyclist, however the Supersport is now her chosen mode of transport that continues to deliver independence on a daily basis.

Brenda concludes: “I am a member of the wonderful Neuro Drop In Centre in Lancaster that caters for people with a range of neurological conditions. My Supersport will be available during the Autumn (date to be announced) for centre users to familiarise themselves with it. I believe every person with a disability should experience the level of freedom a TGA Supersport provides. This scooter is magnificent in terms of its robustness, power and stability, new users may even find a greater sense of independence than before their mobility became restricted!”

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LEADING ASCOT ASSISTED BATH FROM GAINSBOROUGH TO BE SHOWCASED IN DEMENTIA HOME AT CARE SHOW

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, part of the Care in Bathing Group, will showcase its leading Ascot height adjustable bath in the Dementia Care Home exhibit at The Care Show (Birmingham NEC, 12–13 November).

 

The market-leading Ascot assisted bath from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, will be showcased in the full-scale Dementia Care Home exhibit at The Care Show.

The market-leading Ascot assisted bath from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, will be showcased in the full-scale Dementia Care Home exhibit at The Care Show.

Designed by BRA Architecture in association with Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre, the Dementia Care Home will showcase the latest in innovative solutions to assist individuals living with cognitive impairments. The home simulation will encompass a bedroom, kitchen, dining room and en suite bathroom featuring an Ascot bath from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing. Gainsborough has delivered market-leading, specialist bathing solutions for over 25 years in a variety of locations from residential care homes to acute wards. The popular Ascot has been selected for this exhibition feature due to its compact footprint and the exceptional performance levels its delivers both bathers and carers.

The Ascot is a variable height bath with powered seat transfer and has been designed to deliver the highest levels of performance, comfort, safety and ergonomics for both users and carers. Integrated, state of the art computer technology provides reliable, smooth and effortless transfer of the bather into the TMV3 thermostatically controlled bathing water. The Ascot has a maximum user weight of 150kg (24 stone) and can be supplied with a variety of sensory options including air spa, chromotherapy lighting and Bluetooth® sound system.

Gordon Farmiloe, Care in Bathing Managing Director commented: “We are delighted to be showcasing our Ascot bath in the Dementia Home exhibit at the 2013 Care Show. We understand that independence, dignity and safety are paramount in all care settings and hence have designed the Ascot to deliver in every respect. Its ergonomic design, renowned reliability and advanced functionality all provide a significant advantage to care providers, therapists and end users.”

The Ascot will also be on display alongside other specialist baths from Gainsborough’s bathing range on Stand F10, including the Windsor and Lincoln baths. The Windsor from Gainsborough with WRAS compliant shower, is a versatile assisted bathing system with integrated powered seat transfer and leg lift. This exceptionally capable solution comes with an extra deep bathing depth for increased bather comfort and is easy to clean and maintain, reducing the risks of cross infection.

The Lincoln is a versatile 3-in-1 bathing solution that incorporates a changing table and a bathing/showering platform. Safe and simple to use, the variable height function allows the carer full access to the bather at a comfortable working height. Perfect for either paediatric or adult bathers, the integrated bathing platform and changing table come with removable backrest and an adjustable footrest that ensure optimal bathing position.

www.gainsboroughbaths.com

FLEDGLING POULTON-LE-FYLDE BUSINESS MOBILITY SURE BUCKS CHALLENGING ECONOMY THANKS TO REVOLUTIONARY TGA MINIMO SCOOTER

MobilitySure, a recently launched mobility showroom near Blackpool, continues to go from strength-to-strength despite tough times for retailers thanks to the new, innovative Minimo mobility scooter from TGA.

Guy Jenkinson, co-founder of Mobility Sure in Poulton-le-Fylde with the pioneering new and foldable, TGA Minimo mobility scooter that has helped his fledgling business establish a reputation

Guy Jenkinson, co-founder of Mobility Sure in Poulton-le-Fylde with the pioneering new and foldable, TGA Minimo mobility scooter that has helped his fledgling business establish a reputation

Guy and Annetta Jenkinson established Mobility Sure in Poulton-le-Fylde during March 2013. Both Guy and Annetta are well known and respected in the local area as they were previous managers of Rawcliffe Hall Caravan and Camping Park and a highly successful French catering outlet. Two years ago they started to search for a new commercial challenge and decided to set up a retail business that would support the local community. As the Lancashire region has an ageing population, the provision of mobility equipment seemed ideal. Guy spent several months researching the sector to find proven and trusted suppliers and concluded TGA was the leading brand for mobility scooters. Since introducing the TGA range of cutting edge scooters alongside his comprehensive selection of independent living aids, Mobility Sure has managed to grow quickly and establish itself as a leading local specialist. The new pioneering, foldable Minimo mobility scooter from TGA has added to this success and ‘re-kindled Guy’s passion for selling.’

Guy explains: “We have been involved with businesses in the local area for nearly 20 years and are really enjoying our latest venture. It was always our aim to provide a service that gives something back to the community over and above selling products. Our range of TGA scooters will now help people regain their independence outdoors with the peace of mind that comes with choosing a proven, reliable brand. The new Minimo that TGA has just launched is a really cracking compact scooter that folds and fits into the boot of a car. This means people with restricted mobility can have freedom further afield when out for the day which not only assists users, but also helps family members too. It has an optional lithium battery that is so lightweight that lifting and storing the Minimo couldn’t be easier. Stocking other TGA models such as the Vita and Breeze has definitely helped our business get off the ground. TGA only supply products that are far better than competitors with design that’s one step ahead. Financing the launch of Mobility Sure wasn’t easy despite our superb credit rating and reputation as banks are still reluctant to lend even after all the government initiatives. Having TGA onboard has given us the peace of mind that we have products that sell well and that our business will continue to grow.”

Guy continues: “I have always been passionate about looking after my customers. I thrive on spending time with them and chatting things through, as I think this is even more important these days with the Internet being so impersonal. Only by actively listening to customers during a conversation, can a retailer truly understand what is needed to improve a person’s lifestyle. Despite being so cutting edge, the new Minimo retrospectively reminds me of products from the ‘good old days’ that were built well, designed with real thought and use robust, strong parts. Seeing customers regain their independence on a Minimo is priceless to us and has definitely got us fired up! We have been shortlisted for a local business award and thoroughly look forward to working hard for the local community in the years to come.”

The 700sqft Mobility Sure showroom stocks quality mobility product that are supported by professional advice and guidance. Guy and Annetta work with an Occupational Therapist so that the correct product is always recommended to meet individual customer and they have a highly skilled engineer onsite for repairs and servicing.

Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concluded: “We congratulate Guy and Annetta on their recent success. It is not easy to establish a high street business in these tough economic times and we are delighted to support them with our UK leading range of mobility scooters. Guy is clearly committed to caring for his customers thorough a personable approach, which is an attitude we encourage with all our nationwide retailers. We wish them good luck and as their chosen specialist scooter supplier, we will continue to develop pioneering products such as the Minimo so that future generations of end users regain care free independence.”

www.tgamobility.co.uk

www.mobilitysure.co.uk

PASSENGER LIFT SERVICES TO LAUNCH REVOLUTIONARY ACCESS LITE VEHICLE LIFT AT COACH & BUS LIVE

On stand N122 at Coach & Bus Live (NEC, 2-3 October 2013), Passenger Lift Services Limited (PLS) will be launching its pioneering, new Access Lite underfloor cassette lift and showcasing its industry leading Aquastep.

Launching at Coach & Bus Live 2013, the new Access Lite from Passenger Lift Services represents a pioneering breakthrough in powered passenger lift design

Launching at Coach & Bus Live 2013, the new Access Lite from Passenger Lift Services represents a pioneering breakthrough in powered passenger lift design

PLS is based in Oldbury, West Midlands and is a leading name in the design, manufacture and support of powered, passenger lifts and ramps for buses, coaches and PTS vehicles. Regarded as a worldwide specialist in vehicle lifts, PLS has delivered an unrivalled range of innovative and bespoke solutions since inception in 1990. Continuing with this proven track record, the new Access Lite lift is a completely new design that is lighter, stronger and can operate to greater heights than previous versions. PLS has invested extensive R&D resources to bring this new model to market, so that the dynamic challenges of providing access to raised vehicle flat floors can be met now and in the future.

Mike Simmonds, PLS CEO commented: “The PLS team and I are delighted to be unveiling the new Access Lite at Coach & Bus Live 2013. It represents a pioneering design in accessible vehicle passenger lifts and will deliver significant advantages to fleet operators and convertors both in terms of saving time and cost. Our entire specialist knowledge and engineering knowhow is clearly reflected in this latest precision product that will revolutionise the powered lift sector. Its lighter weight, enhanced robustness and advanced compatibility results in a solution that can be fitted more efficiently to a wider variety of vehicles, whilst reducing the need for chassis modifications. As fundamental components have been reduced in number and re-engineered for added strength, the Access Lite requires less fastener checks, saving down time and service duration. PLS understands minimising downtime with vehicle operation is crucial for its customers along with savings in terms of fuel consumption. The Access Lite meets all of these challenges and more.”

Through the new re-engineered ‘smart design’ and innovative use of cutting edge materials, the Access Lite delivers a remarkable 50kgs weight reduction when compared to similar competitors lifts. Intelligent design has been implemented throughout the manufacturing process so that reliability is maximised and maintenance is minimised. Special automotive rivets have replaced bolts so that a double benefit is provided in terms of ‘vibration-proofing’ and a 15% reduction in build time, helping to achieve a limit on costs. When fitted, the Access Lite will operate with 20% less hydraulic pressure than other models, so battery power is saved when loading passengers. This higher level of operational efficiency means more lifts can be performed without increased drain on vehicle batteries.  It has an impressive SWL of 400kg and its platform can be engineered in a variety of sizes ranging from 725–925mm in width and 1410–1780mm in length. The platform can be lifted to a height of 1500mm above ground level and the redesigned bridging plate offers seamless transfers onto raised vehicle flat floors.

In addition to engineering enhancements, PLS has introduced a new method of paint coverage with the Access Lite. This advanced tripled coating system uses next generation paints that provide levels of durability associated with coatings that were available before stricter environment legislation. These paints are now environmentally friendly whilst still being chemically robust enough for use in extreme climates. The Access Lite also conforms to Individual Vehicle Approval and can be installed with a new two-piece bumper step if required.

Complementing the new Access Lite on stand N122, PLS will also be showcasing its industry leading Aquastep. The Aquastep is an automatically operating, minibus and PTS step that is fully waterproofed. Its heavy-duty construction provides reliable operation in extreme locations such as flood zones and can be deployed hand-free for improved access into vehicles. The Aquastep fitting kit delivers compatibility with all EU vehicle designs, is available in widths ranging from 670–1200mm and is trusted by convertors worldwide.  Other products on display for the first time will be a new manual ramp available with one or two folds in sizes up to 2.6 metres and a range of roof hatches suitable for all types of passenger vehicles.

www.passengerliftservices.co.uk 

TGA MOBILITY BUCKS CHALLENGING ECONOMIC TREND WITH SIMULTANEOUS RECRUITMENT OF SIX EXTRA EMPLOYEES

TGA, the UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist based in Suffolk, continues to demonstrate impressive growth during these tough economic times and has subsequently simultaneously appointed six extra recruits.

TGA Mobility has simultaneously employed six additional members of staff to support its continued business growth.  From left to right: Mark Hammond, Service; Rachael Simpson, Dealer Co-Ordinator; Sarah Mead, Customer Services Manager; Justin Horne, PDI Inspector; David Lasslett, Stores; Paul Welsh, General Warehouse.

TGA Mobility has simultaneously employed six additional members of staff to support its continued business growth.
From left to right: Mark Hammond, Service; Rachael Simpson, Dealer Co-Ordinator; Sarah Mead, Customer Services Manager; Justin Horne, PDI Inspector; David Lasslett, Stores; Paul Welsh, General Warehouse.

TGA is a family-run, caring company that has provided life-changing, trusted mobility products for over 25 years. It supplies leading mobility scooter brands such as the Breeze and Vita across the UK whilst continually supporting charities events and delivering safe driving education to end-users. To ensure its service levels are maintained as the popularity of TGA products continues to grow, the business has added six new members to its team. These simultaneous appointments span all departments and the the new recruits are:

·       Rachael Simpson, 29 from Halstead, Dealer Co-ordinator

·       Sarah Mead, 42 from Colchester, Customer Service Manager

·       Mark Hammond, 28 from Halstead, Service Department

·       Justin Horne, 36 from Clare, PDI Inspector (Pre-delivery inspections)

·       David Lasslett, 44 from Halstead, Stores

·       Paul Welsh, 20 from Great Cornard, Warehouse Assistance.

Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director commented: “These six new members have been carefully selected to join our team as they all demonstrated a pro-active, diligent and caring attitude during the interview process. This approach is critical when working at TGA as we are a customer-focused business that is dedicated to helping disabled and mature individuals regain their freedom. We understand that people who have mobility issues need peace of mind when selecting products and need to rely on their chosen mobility supplier. This is why every member of staff must deliver on promises so that peace of mind is assured for our customers at all times. We are proud of our trusted reputation for delivering impeccable service and quality products and are confident these additional members of staff will further assist with business growth.”

Sarah Mead is TGA’s new Customer Services Manager and is responsible for leading all direct customer support that involves organising product demonstrations, processing orders and after sales care. As a dynamic, bubbly character, she ‘loves the vibrant, friendly atmosphere at TGA’ and ‘felt settled from day one’. Outside of work she continues to be busy with five children, two dogs and a passion for socialising and parties.

Rachel Simpson joins TGA as its national Dealer Co-ordinator and Area Sales Manager for Scotland and Ireland. She brings extensive customer facing experience to TGA from several years working for Thomas Cook in Ibiza and is already ‘enjoying her varied role’.

Before joining the TGA Service Department, Mark Hammond worked at a car electrical component manufacturer as a technical sales advisor. He brings this specialist knowledge to TGA, which is invaluable when servicing the company’s market leading mobility scooters. Justin Horne is now an additional team member responsible for maintaining quality control as products are dispatched. As a PDI inspector, it is Justin’s responsibility to thoroughly check every mobility scooter that leaves TGA to ensure reliability and product performance is of the utmost level. Outside of TGA, Justin has an interesting hobby as he cares for 22 rescue ferrets along with supporting other animal rescue centres and judging at ferret competitions.

David Lasslett left his previous position and joined TGA as he was seeking a new challenge with prospects. David, with his impeccable attention to detail, is now developing into a key employee within the parts store at TGA. He works alongside Paul Welsh who is reveling in his first full time role after studying at the College of West Suffolk. Paul commented: “I’m really enjoying my new role as I have to work hard and move around all day, far better than sitting at a desk in my opinion. As my mother has a disability, I care for her every morning and evening and hence the service TGA provides has a personal association which makes it even more rewarding.”

www.tgamobility.co.uk