Theraposture to showcase sleeping solutions for disabled children at Kidz Scotland

THERAPOSTURE TO SHOWCASE SLEEPING SOLUTIONS FOR DISABLED CHILDREN WITH SYMMETRIKIT AT KIDZ SCOTLAND Theraposture, the UK leading specialist in paediatric care cots and adjustable beds, will be demonstrating a range of assistive sleeping solutions with the postural specialist Symmetrikit, at Kidz Scotland.

Stands B1 and E18 – 11th September, Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Exhibition Centre, 
Edinburgh, EH28 8NB.


Theraposture’s new, pioneering Safe-T bed for disabled children will be showcased on stand B1 at Kidz Scotland. Pictured here with (from left to right): Peter Wicks and Nick Lythe, Theraposture Assessors; and Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director.

Theraposture is a family-run business that has been the UK’s leading supplier of bespoke, hand-built adjustable beds, chairs and care cots since 1981. Its care cots and power-adjusted Theracare beds both enhance comfort, safety and wellbeing for young disabled individuals and greatly assist those offering care. All Theraposture products are individually assessed and are backed up by a suitability guarantee and a fully inclusive warranty giving complete peace of mind.

Once again, Theraposture will be working with Symmetrikit Postural Care at Kidz Scotland so that visitors can see total sleeping solutions – adjustable care cots and beds combined with individualised postural support systems. On stand B1, Theraposture will be demonstrating two recently introduced solutions – the fully modular Mascot Mark 2 paediatric cot and pioneering new Safe-T Bed, the latter showcased with a Symmetrikit sleep system. A 135cm high padded Hannah cot will also be available on stand B1. Symmetrikit’s stand, E18, will display a popular Theracare Low adjustable bed from Theraposture, combined once more with a Symmetrikit sleep system.

Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director commented: “I am delighted to say that Kidz South was a significant success for both Theraposture and Symmetrikit and we plan to repeat this achievement at Kidz Scotland. Exhibiting together with Symmetrikit provides a unique opportunity to see how our products can be united to provide the perfect, individualised bed for a disabled child. Together they assist with maintaining correct posture along with delivering other essential benefits such as safety and reassurance for children. Powered height adjustment of our cots and beds also ensures safe working heights for parents and carers so back and muscle injury is minimised – critical for day-to-day care. We look forward to another busy show and we will also be supporting the charity Newlife as ever throughout the event.”

Dominic Bowen, Symmetrikit Sales Director added: “We have been long standing supporters of the Kidz events and believe they are the ideal platform to demonstrate our postural solutions to families with disabled children. Our decision to work with Theraposture at these exhibitions has proved to be

advantageous both for potential customers and our businesses. The Theraposture Theracare Low bed, with a Symmetrikit sleep system, will be demonstrated again at Scotland and we feel confident it will produce high levels of enquiries once more.”

Suffolk Lady with Fibromyalgia Recovers Independence With TGA Mobility Scooter Competition Win

Mobility_Scooter_fibromyalgiaTrish Hale, 64 from Great Cornard in Suffolk, who lives with Fibromyalgia, has been able to recover her independence and the ability to walk her dog thanks to winning a TGA Eclipse mobility scooter.


Trish entered the East Anglian Daily Times competition to win the mobility scooter. Trish’s condition means she has problems walking and her condition also causes chronic fatigue, pain and joint stiffness – hence the requirement for a scooter to remain mobile. By winning this fantastic prize, Trish now has the ability to join her husband, Tony, for walks with their daughter and Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescue dog, Molly. They are also planning to visit Felixstowe soon so they can all enjoy the scenic Essex coastline together.

Trish comments: “I was absolutely thrilled to hear the news I’d won this TGA Eclipse, I’m chuffed to bits with it. I nearly missed out entering this competition, as the first three text messages I tried to send, wouldn’t work.
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Theraposture Limited, the leader in assistive furniture, has launched a new website to provide more professional and consumer information and to form the basis for future developments.

The new Theraposture website has been launched to ensure maximum accessibility and ease-of-use for visitors, both professional and domestic.

The new Theraposture website has been launched to ensure maximum accessibility and ease-of-use for visitors, both professional and domestic.

Theraposture is a family-run, specialist business based in Wiltshire since 1981 that provides bespoke, hand-built adjustable beds, chairs and care cots across the UK.  Many healthcare professionals and individuals or families affected by disability, regard Theraposture as first choice for delivering independence at home with peace of mind. To clearly communicate its extensive product range and unsurpassed levels of customer care, Theraposture has launched a new website which incorporates a larger amount of essential information for healthcare professionals, families and end users. This new HTML5 platform has been specifically designed to assist visitors with accessibility through an easy-to-navigate format, mobility-friendly architecture and functions for visually impaired people. From a technical point of view, the site is now more SEO efficient, incorporates an enhanced content management system and inherent flexibility to extend online services in the future.

David Holtum, Theraposture Managing Director, commented: “We are proud to launch the new Theraposture website and feel confident it will provide an invaluable resource for professionals and consumers. Over a period of several months, we have invested extensive time and resources into assuring the visitor experience is both rewarding and hassle-free. The website encompasses a comprehensive level of information regarding our products, assessments, latest news and option schemes along with details explaining why we continue to be a leading choice. Theraposture is a name synonymous with quality and trust, our website now communicates these essential brand values in a more accurate manner.”

This launch is the first phase of several future developments that will include full e-commerce capabilities, additional videos, advice pieces and links to enhanced social media channels. A more up-to-date list of ex-demonstration stock for sale is already available and fresh content will continue to appear regularly across the whole site. An impressive range of documents is available for download and a selection of interesting case studies can also be accessed online. These case studies illustrate the benefits of choosing Theraposture products in real-life situations.


Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, the leader in assisted bathing solutions, is pleased to announce a four-week delivery promise on selected baths within its extensive range.

The Ascot power-adjusted, assisted bath from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing.

The Ascot power-adjusted, assisted bath from Gainsborough Specialist Bathing.

With its UK based manufacturing facilities and its flexible approach, Gainsborough is able to offer one of the shortest turnaround times available following a full site survey. In doing so, Gainsborough can provide care providers and building contractors with specialist bathing solutions that accommodate even the most challenging installation schedules.

With a delivery promise backed up by extensive technical support, choosing Gainsborough ensures project requirements can be met efficiently and effectively.

For more details about its assisted baths, call Gainsborough on: 0800 542 9194   



The Mobility Networks Group, a world-leading specialist in vehicle access solutions, has extended its operations in Germany with the transformation of TMN Europe into Mobility Networks DE GmbH.

Stephan Schwartz, Managing Director of Mobility Networks DE Germany, with a wheelchair accessible  vehicle incorporating their pioneering API FlexiRamp

Stephan Schwartz, Managing Director of Mobility Networks DE Germany, with a wheelchair accessible
vehicle incorporating their pioneering API FlexiRamp

Mobility Networks was launched in March 2014, to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of global products to the transport sector. Synergising international manufacturing with regional support, Mobility Networks supplies wheelchair access lifts, ramps, escape hatches, lowered vehicle floors and further solutions to convertors and builders of buses, coaches, WAVs, PTS/ambulances, trams and trains. This multi-national organisation is continually expanding under the guidance of its UK headquarters and CEO Mike Simmonds – a renowned pioneer in vehicle accessibility. Mobility Networks provides a single source for solutions from the world’s best manufacturers so commercial benefits, value and sustainability is maximised. The company’s infrastructure and support levels in Europe have now been further strengthened by the acquisition of highly respected TMN Europe.

Based in Berlin and operating on behalf of its Israeli parent company, TMN Europe has been a trusted supplier of WAV products for more than 6 years. Since inception, TMN Europe selectively partnered with quality, global manufacturers to ensure its commercial and domestic customers were only offered the best in access solutions. These included wheelchair hoists, steering adaptations, tie-downs, specialist and automated seating, and the world-class FlexiRamp from API – all now available through Mobility Networks. TMN Europe’s impeccable service levels and commitment to customer care will now continue within Mobility Networks Germany. Stephan Schwartz, Director for TMN Europe has been promoted to Managing Director and will now work in close collaboration with Mike Simmonds.

Stephan brings extensive expertise to the Mobility Networks Group as he has operated within the vehicle industry for over 25 years. He was a founder member of REHA Group Automotive and following his move to TMN Europe, Stephan was instrumental in founding the European office. Stephan, alongside his specialist team of engineers, assessors and after sales representatives, will continue building on a proven reputation whilst introducing additional products and services via the Mobility Networks Group. During this exciting transition, service levels will be unaffected for existing TMN Europe customers.

Stephan commented: “Our evolution into Mobility Networks Germany will be of significant benefit to TMN Europe customers, both existing and potential. Since I established TMN Europe in 2004, my team and I have continually focused on delivering the very best in wheelchair accessible products and vehicle conversions. We take pride in our customer centric approach and this ethos perfectly fits with the brand values of Mobility Networks. I am delighted to have been appointed as Managing Director and look forward to leading the exhibition debut of Mobility Networks at REHACARE in Düsseldorf.

Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO added: “The opening of Mobility Networks DE Germany is a significant development for vehicle convertors across Europe. It now provides a trusted gateway to a wider range of quality accessibility products from across the globe – all supported by regional specialists with proven knowledge of the local market and specifier needs. New levels of commercial efficiencies are now available in Germany through our holistic package of support, from expert guidance and fast product provision, through to technical installation guidance, servicing and dedicated after sales support. I firmly believe Stephan Schwartz is the ideal innovator to drive Mobility Networks forward in Germany so that ultimately, more and more disabled individuals regain travel independence through cutting-edge, safe solutions.”

Essex Man With Spinal Injury Enjoys Outdoor Life on TGA Vita Midi

TGA_Vita_Mobility_ScooterRobin Kettle, 54 who lives near Harwich in Essex, is a successful entrepreneur, retired motorcyclist, website promoter and disabled access auditor. As an active wheelchair user he enjoys greater outdoor freedom thanks to the smoother ride offered by his newly acquired TGA Vita 4 mobility scooter.

Robin has been a full time wheelchair user as a result of a spinal injury he sustained after a motorcycle accident which occurred in 1976. He lives with his wife and three Jack Russell’s who join him for journeys outdoors on his new eye-catching, TGA Vita Midi.

Despite living with frequent back pain Robin is able to enjoy new found freedom with his mobility scooter, as even driving out and about on uneven countryside tracks does not cause discomfort when riding his Vita Midi. This stability and smoothness is… the full story here.


Crane Lowndes, 50 from Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire, lives with disability and in between travelling across Europe supporting haulage drivers, has been adapting two TGA Breeze mobility scooters into mini lorries.

Crane Lowndes, a part-time trucker’s mate from Sutton-on-Sea who lives with Cerebral Palsy, has adapted his two TGA Breeze mobility scooters into mini lorries.

Crane Lowndes, a part-time trucker’s mate from Sutton-on-Sea who lives with Cerebral Palsy, has adapted his two TGA Breeze mobility scooters into mini lorries.

Crane was born with Cerebral Palsy (CP), which is a neurological condition that affects the movement and co-ordination of muscles. Crane’s CP particularly affects his legs so walking is extremely difficult, therefore a mobility scooter is the only means of retaining independence outdoors. Despite living with these difficulties, Crane has successfully volunteered as a ‘driver’s mate’ for several long distance haulages firms over a period of 30 years. He has been responsible for essential map reading, cooking, loading and lifting. His geographic knowledge and experience in the trucking environment has been invaluable for many drivers and haulage companies, especially before the introduction of satellite navigations systems. This passion for trucking has led to Crane ‘pimping up’ two of his three, 8mph TGA Breeze mobility scooters so they are more ‘lorry like’.

The TGA Breeze is a highly popular model of mobility scooter that won the Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge broadcast on BBC2, and holds the World Record for: ‘The Greatest distance covered in 24 hours by a mobility scooter’. Before converting his two cabin models, Crane owned a Breeze without a canopy, which had clocked up thousands of miles without any mechanical issues. The Breeze cabin was discontinued in 2006 and TGA currently supply a rigid canopy and all-weather vinyl cover for the latest S4 model. Therefore Crane’s versions are irreplaceable and regarded as ‘mobility scooter classics’.

Crane began his unique scooter conversions in 2006 when he purchased his first second hand TGA Breeze with cabin. This factory-standard model was located near Inverness in Scotland and following its delivery, was quickly accompanied by a second scooter discovered in Gloucester. This second model had stood in a garden for several years and was in a very poor state of repair when Crane took ownership – full of leaves and covered in mould. Crane then began the complex task of renovating these scooters and adapting them into mini-juggernauts, a process which was to take several years. Both these scooter cabins are based on models that are no longer manufactured in the UK so represent rare, mobility vehicles that are treasured by Crane.

Crane explained: “My dad was a lorry driver so I’ve always had a passion for all thing trucking-related. As I have spent so much time in cabs travelling to destinations such as Yugoslavia, Italy and Spain, I really wanted a scooter that felt familiar. It took me a long time to find these cabin versions of the Breeze as they are not made anymore. Using my knowledge of mechanics inherited from my dad, I’ve been able to adapt both scooters with new spotlights, LED lights, radios and Sat Nav. Plus for decorations I’ve mounted Michelin men on the outside of the cabins; with rosettes, curtains and trucker graphics inside. I have over 50 Michelin men in my collection and a selection of these fellas now look great mounted on my Breezes.”

Crane concluded: “I go for a drive two-to-three times a week along the coast and regularly get stopped by passers-by who take photos. I alternate between the two models each week so their battery condition remains good and I wax them fully three times a month. I make sure the years of work I’ve put into them is not lost as they are now classics. I am very careful as any damage would be a disaster, hence I’m always on the look out for spare parts just in case. Now I have settled down with five children and a wife, my long distance adventures are less frequent, but I can still enjoy truckin’ along the seafront thanks to be my TGA Breezes.”