Balder Electric Wheelchairs Deliver Show Highlight at Kidz-North

On stand A16 at Kidz-North (20th November, EventCity, Manchester), Etac UK Limited demonstrated a selection of Balder and Etac powered wheelchairs to large numbers of carers, OTs and parents with their disabled children.

Etac Kidz North Nov 14

The junior Etac electric wheelchairs on display included examples from the E800 series, Balder range and the specialist Balder XP model. Balder powered wheelchairs offer market-leading levels of mobility, comfort and independence for young individuals living with disability through world-class design and ergonomics. They incorporate a wide range of powered and controlled functionality that can move the user into a variety of positions including standing, lying, or reclining in a ‘tilt-in-space’ configuration. With the addition of the Etac Automatic Tie-down System, these models can be secured in an accessible vehicle so users can travel safely as passengers, without the need to transfer out of their powerchair.

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MOBILITY ROADSHOW 2015 – More Innovations For Consumer Independence Than Ever Before


Mobility Roadshow 2015

The Mobility Roadshow is returning in 2015 (25-27 June, Donington Park, Derby) to provide the most comprehensive lifestyle event of its kind in the UK, presenting mobility solutions for a wider range of consumers with restricted mobility to help achieve greater independence.

The Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer-focused event, showcasing products and services to help maintain independent mobility. This unique national show, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013, is organised by registered charity Mobility Choice. For 2015 the Mobility Roadshow returns to Donington Park where visitors will have the rare opportunity to test drive adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) on the historic Donington Circuit, as well as experience the very latest innovations for independence. There is no other event that can offer such a range of vehicles for test-driving or products and services to see and compare – a unique opportunity unequalled in the mobility exhibition calendar.

The 2015 Mobility Roadshow will be different. Its refreshed format will be dynamic, engaging and include features for a wider audience. It will deliver invaluable benefits to all visitors ranging from children to mature individuals who are looking to enhance their freedom, with hands-on product demonstrations and exclusive show features.

Restricted mobility affects millions of people across the UK in different ways. Hence the opportunity to experience and compare wide-ranging independent living solutions all in one location is vital. The Roadshow provides a larger, more diverse showcase than other regional shows. Not an ‘exhibition’ but an ‘event’, the 2015 Roadshow will also incorporate Get Going Live! – a sister event also organised by Mobility Choice that focuses on young and novice disabled drivers. This lively and exciting feature will open up a new world of driving opportunities for future generations.

The Mobility Roadshow 2015, as always free to visit, will be a ‘must-attend’ event for:

  • Drivers, passengers and non-drivers that live with disability or restricted mobility
  • Young and novice drivers with disabilities seeking independence
  • Middle-aged to mature individuals requiring assistance for ‘comfortable driving’ or ‘easier living’
  • More mature people requiring help indoors, outside, or when travelling as a vehicle passenger
  • Families/parents with disabled children or elderly relatives

    Ann Frye, Chair of Mobility Choice, comments: “In partnership with the NFE Group, the Mobility Choice team and I are fully committed to delivering a Mobility Roadshow that surpasses all others. Our 2015 event will remain true to our singular ethos since the show’s inception over 30 years ago – to provide the largest and best consumer- focused mobility show.”

    For further information, please contact the NFE Group on: +44(0)1332 810007.

Theraposture to partner with Symmetrikit at Kidz North to demonstrate leading paediatrics sleeping solutions

Theraposture, the UK leading specialist in care cots and adjustable beds for children, will be showcasing a selection of assistive sleeping solutions with the postural specialist Symmetrikit, at Kidz North.

Stands B10 and B12 – 20th November, EventCity, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 8AS.

All Theraposture stands at the 2014 Kidz events have experienced high levels of visitors.

All Theraposture stands at the 2014 Kidz events have experienced high levels of visitors.

Theraposture has been the UK’s leading supplier of bespoke, hand-built adjustable beds and care cots since 1981. Its care cots and power-adjusted Theracare beds both enhance comfort, safety and well-being for young disabled individuals and greatly assist those offering care. All Theraposture products are individually assessed and are backed up by our 14-day suitability guarantee and a fully inclusive warranty giving complete peace of mind.

Theraposture will be working with Symmetrikit Postural Care at Kidz North so that visitors can see adjustable care cots and beds combined with individualised postural support systems. On stand B10, Theraposture will be demonstrating the fully modular Mascot Mark 2 paediatric cot and Safe-T Bed, the latter showcased with a Symmetrikit sleep system. A 135cm high padded Hannah cot will also be available on stand B10. Symmetrikit’s stand, B12, will display a popular Theracare Low adjustable bed from Theraposture with clear safety sides, combined once more with a Symmetrikit sleep system.

Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director commented: “All the Kidz events this year have successful for both Theraposture and Symmetrikit and we hope to repeat this achievement at Kidz North. Exhibiting with Symmetrikit provides a unique opportunity for families with disabled children to see how our products provide a total sleeping solution. Our designs ensure safety and reassurance for users is maximised and parents and carers are protected from back or muscle strain through electrically powered height adjustment. The popular features of our cots and beds are further enhanced by Symmetrikit sleep systems that ensure correct posture is maintained by children whilst asleep – essential for them as they develop and grow.”


The international Mobility Networks Group and its UK bus and coach accessible lift division, PLS, have experienced high levels of enquiries regarding its range of Access lift solutions and comprehensive maintenance services. (Stand J92, Eurobus Expo, 4-6 November, NEC).

Multi-national Mobility Networks delivers a comprehensive portfolio of global accessibility products to bus, coach and midi/mini-bus operators and convertors. This impressive range includes wheelchair access lifts, ramps, escape hatches and door opening systems that deliver assured performance and reliability. Part of Mobility Networks, PLS is the UK-leading name in the design, manufacture and maintenance of powered lifts and ramps for commercial accessible vehicles. This market-leading range generated significant numbers of visitors onto stand J92 – all keen to discuss why PLS’s complete package of lift provision and servicing is seen as first choice by many in the PCV sector. PLS is the only accessible vehicle lift manufacturer in the UK to deliver this level of holistic support in terms of product design and installation, through to maintenance, warranty cover and technical support.

The central focus of the Mobility Networks showcase at Eurobus consisted of a full size coach rig that included three Access lifts. These popular lifts demonstrated the varying entry points that can be achieved on a coach by PLS engineers. PLS can fit either side front entrance, bottom-locker or ski-locker solutions for safe lifting and lowering of wheelchair passengers. The EQ lift on display represented the latest evolution of PLS’s Ski-locker Lift as it encompassed a new, more aesthetic design. Handrails have also been enhanced to ensure smoother, easier deployment and storage so usability is even more efficient. The EQ was demonstrated alongside the Front Entrance fully automatic, two-piece coach cassette platform with PLS Magic Floor. This unique and patented combination provides seamless transfer from roadside to raised passenger deck for wheelchair users.

Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director with the latest generation EQ Ski-locker Lift for coaches which proved popular at Eurobus Expo 2014.

Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director with the latest generation EQ Ski-locker Lift for coaches which proved popular at Eurobus Expo 2014.

Mike Simmonds, CEO of Mobility Networks commented: “With the synergy between Mobility Networks’ global connections and the strength of the PLS brand in the UK, I am delighted to say Eurobus has been a success for us. Once again the showcase of Access lifts has demonstrated the quality, precision and performance that is assured when specifying PLS coach and bus solutions. We were busy all three days explaining PLS service and maintenance packages that deliver cost effective, efficient support for fleet managers. Our skilled nationwide team has the capability and expertise to meet all servicing requirements from annual services to LOLER testing so VOR time is minimised, irrespective of fleet size or type. When you consider the commercial benefits of choosing an established specialist that can provide both diligent servicing and world-class lifts, there is no other choice than PLS, part of the Mobility Networks Group.”

Mobility Networks and PLS experienced a successful Eurobus Expo. Picture here from left to right: Paul O’Connor, PLS Operations Director; Mike Simmonds, CEO Mobility Networks; Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director.

Mobility Networks and PLS experienced a successful Eurobus Expo. Picture here from left to right: Paul O’Connor, PLS Operations Director; Mike Simmonds, CEO Mobility Networks; Adam Beck, PLS Managing Director.

Susan with MS continues love of shopping thanks to revolutionary folding Minimo mobility scooter

TGA_MinimoSusan Mallows, 51 from Romford, has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and difficulties walking, however she has been able to continue enjoying shopping and exercising with the assistance of a pioneering new type of TGA mobility scooter.

Susan is a lovely lady who was unfortunately diagnosed with MS aged 32. MS is a neurological condition that affects around 100,000 people in the UK and symptoms can include fatigue, vision problems and difficulties with walking. Susan’s balance and walking problems meant she had to retire early from her secretarial career at the local council. Nevertheless she continued to support her busy husband Terry who also worked for the council as a public sector architect, hence how they met. Now both retired, the Mallows are making the most out of life with a love for shopping, gardening and holidays. Susan has used a mobility scooter for many years to remain mobile outdoors, however their level and range of freedom has recently increased thanks to a remarkable new type of scooter – the TGA Minimo.  Read more……