Disabled Writer Returns To Education Thanks To Robust TGA Mobility Scooter

Mel_Richards_TGA_mobility_ScooterMel Richards, 43 from Edinburgh is a remarkable lady. Despite living with an MS-like condition that causes walking difficulties she has been able to continue enjoying a varied lifestyle and is applying to Higher Education thanks to a Supersport mobility scooter.

Mel, who is originally from Brisbane in Australia and able-bodied, came to the UK on holiday between semesters at the University of Queensland over 20 years ago. Having arrived and almost immediately broken an ankle on the unfamiliarly snowy streets, her stay has extended slightly beyond the original twelve weeks planned. With the injury almost resolved, Mel was offered a one-year office manager contract working in Stockport which subsequently progressed into a journalism career, writing for numerous computing magazines such as MacWorld, Internet Today and Secure Computing. This included another unexpected side trip onto the staff of a paranormal title working with Uri Geller and writing about ghosts, psychics and conspiracy theories for six months.

In 1998 and now in Wales writing about computer security, she was diagnosed with a progressive neurological condition that continues to restrict her career and lifestyle activities, even having moved to accessible accommodation in Edinburgh. Despite the mobility issues, Mel still remained keen to complete a Degree even after her previous course in Australia was cut short due to the development of her British writing career. Now Mel has a new ‘Harley Davidson’ style TGA mobility scooter, she has been able to independently travel to Ruskin College at Oxford (part of the Adult Residential College network) and is launching plans to enrol on a new Degree.

Mel said: “I have just taken ownership of my second TGA Supersport after nine years of remarkable independence given by my first model. As I live in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and have major difficulties walking, I need a scooter that has the power to tackle steep hills and lots of cobbles – my Supersport just eats them up!. It is such a… Read more

Theraposture partnerships with Newlife charity and Symmetrikit prove successful at OT Show

Theraposture, the UK’s leading specialist in assistive beds and cots, has achieved significant interest from Occupational Therapists at the OT Show (26-27 Nov, Stand E40, NEC), whilst successfully supporting Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children and Symmetrikit Postural Care.

Working closely with Occupational Therapists (OTs) since 1981, Theraposture continues to be a respected supplier of bespoke, hand-built adjustable beds, chairs and cots. Its products enhance comfort, safety and well being for individuals living with mobility difficulties and greatly assist those offering care. Theraposture personalised assessments are highly regarded by OTs as they ensure their clients always receive the ideal solution to meet individual needs. This is furthered by Theraposture’s 14-day Suitability Guarantee and fully inclusive warranties that provide peace of mind. These services were explained to large numbers of healthcare professionals at the show, along with the chance to win an iPad Mini and see the original patented Rotoflex bed and the modular Mascot Mark 2 cot.


The Theraposture team with Heather Campbell, Awareness Manager for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children.

The Rotoflex is a trusted, proven and effective solution that allows users to manage bed transfers on their own terms. Its powered functionality assists individuals with getting into and out bed and achieving a seated position ready for a standing transfer. This results in significant cost savings as help from carers is not required and lifestyle benefits are enhanced through user independence.

The example on display consisted of a Rotoflex double combination bed with contemporary oak surround – demonstrating how Theraposture power-adjustable beds can blend into any domestic setting. Alongside the Rotoflex, the latest Mascot Mark 2 cot was also showcased which provides a ‘future-proof, whole life solution’ through adaptable design. It meets the changing requirements of a disabled child and eliminates the need to purchase and specify new cots in the future – the most cost effective concept ever.


Theraposture and Symmetrikit showcased complete sleeping solutions together at the OT Show. Pictured left: Dominic Bowen, Symmetrikit Sales Director (left) and Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director with a Theracare, low access care bed.
Pictured right: Liam Braddell 
with Heather Campbell, Awareness Manager for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children.

Sharing Theraposture’s stand, Heather Campbell, Awareness Manager for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children was able to raise awareness of the charity and demonstrate its connections to this proven assistive furniture specialist. Theraposture is an established supplier to Newlife as it provides essential, supportive equipment to children with disabilities and life-limiting conditions. This proven relationship delivers positive outcomes for disabled children and their families.

In addition to its joint showcase with Newlife, Theraposture also worked alongside Symmetrikit Postural Care to demonstrate complete sleeping solutions. On stand C30, a Theracare bed from Theraposture was displayed with a Symmetrikit Sleep System that together, provide high levels of safety, accessibility and assistance with correct postural positioning. Maintaining the correct posture whilst asleep is so important for individuals with specific conditions, especially in relation to children who are continually developing and growing. The Theracare bed provides the powered function of a variable height bed, but with the added advantage of low access.

The Theraposture team at the OT Show with their leading and original Rotoflex rotational bed. Pictured from left to right: Liam Braddell, Sales Director; Nick Lythe, Assessor; and Steve Keetley, Assessor.

Liam Braddell, Theraposture Sales Director said: “I am delighted to say our partnerships with Newlife and Symmetrikit at the OT Show have proven successful. We are proud to support the positive outcomes that Newlife deliver for so many families across the UK and believe Symmetrikit solutions lead the market in terms of postural care. Both our original Rotoflex bed and pioneering Mascot cot received considerable interest from OTs during both days. OTs were able to understand first-hand why our products have been trusted by healthcare professionals and their clients since 1981.”