Eric Greenyer, 92 from Selsey and retired RAF flight mechanic, has regained his freedom thanks to the same model of TGA Breeze S4 that won BBC TV’s Top Gear extreme mobility scooter challenge.
Originally born in London in 1923, Eric signed up to the RAF in 1941 during the height of the Second World War when aged only 18. With a keen interest in mechanics he was trained to help maintain Britain’s squadron of Spitfires and Hurricanes based at West Malling Air Base in Kent. Eric’s work was vital in keeping these planes operational so they could repel the Nazi bombers that were relentlessly attacking England at that time. Eric became highly knowledgeable about Rolls Royce Merlin engines that powered the Spitfires and hence was called up to support the RAF during the North Africa-to-Italy offensive. This dangerous and huge operation involved 800 ships many of which were sunk by German U-boats however Eric survived and was able to continue active service stationed in Italy. By the end of war Eric had achieved the rank of Senior Aircraftsman and was awarded several medals for bravery including the Africa Star and the Italy Star. Read the full story…..
Since opening in 1985 TGA has always focused on the safety of its mobility scooter customers. Today it provides a wide range of services, advice and products that can help you drive safely when out and about.
As the evenings are now darker, there are lots of ways to remain more visible to other road users when driving around on your scooter. With the help of TGA and its award-winning range of products, you can make sure your independence is not compromised this autumn and winter.
Combining the best in style and safety, the new white Minimo and Minimo Plus are now available and both offer a folding solution that is easy to lift. Their clean and crisp colour is easy for pedestrians and car drivers to spot so whichever model you choose, you can have peace of mind when driving along the pavement or crossing the road. Both are lightweight and fold in seconds – ideal for storing in the car boot or in a compact space at home. The new white Minimo Plus now comes with a removable seat so it is even easier to lift into a car boot. It also has many new exciting safety features including an optional automatic safety sensor that reduces speed around corners and high-visibility LED lights. These lights are really bright – perfect for safer travel and greater visibility.
As part of TGA’s current safe driving campaign called ‘Scoot And Be Seen’ , every new white Minimo Plus ordered before 1st Dec 2015 comes with a FREE high visibility bag. Find out more….
Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North: 19th November 2015, 9.30am – 4.30pm. EventCity, Barton Dock Road, Manchester, M17 8AS. Stand C19.
Kidz-to-Adultz-up-North is organised by Disabled Living and provides a free opportunity for parents, families and carers to test and compare the latest products and services to assist with disabilities. For the first time, this event in Manchester has been expanded to offer features for disabled young adults up to the age of 25 – therefore offering information and solutions for a wider range of consumer and professional visitors. Read more….
Kate Sheehan, a highly experienced Occupational Therapist, will deliver an engaging seminar at the OT Show that considers the importance of ‘play’ when bathing children.
Date: Wednesday 25th November, 2015
Time: 11:45am – 12.15pm
Location: Showcase Theatre, OT Show, NEC – Birmingham
Seminar Title: ‘Bathing – the right to play’
Speaker: Kate Sheehan, Occupational Therapist – in association with Abacus Healthcare
Play, along with the basic needs of nutrition, health, shelter and education are vital to develop the potential of a child according to the United Nations. In the UK, many children play at bath time yet it is not often a primary consideration within an Occupational Therapist’s recommendations during the assessment process. This session will explore ‘play’ as an occupation and consider how legislation and clinical reasoning can be used to support the necessity of a bath in the design process.
A recognised leader in specialist bathing for over 25 years, Abacus Healthcare works closely with care providers, therapists and families to ensure children with disabilities can bathe in comfort, dignity and safety. Read more….
TGA Mobility Scooter ‘Scooty’ Helps ‘Spybear’ Tweeting Acapella Singer With MS Retain Her Freedom
Despite living with MS, Caroline Gray from Bromley, Kent, has been able to continue getting out and performing in her acapella singing group thanks to a TGA Eclipse known as ‘Scooty’ and its onboard companion ‘Spybear.’Caroline was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over 25 years ago. However it has only been in the past year that she has developed mobility problems. Following early medical retirement from a position in local government, Caroline retrained to become an independent Counsellor. Now she runs her own practice and outside of work, Caroline’s ability to access performing arts venues, the coast and countryside has been maintained by a compact mobility scooter nicknamed ‘Scooty’.
This orange TGA Eclipse scooter dismantles into four easy-to-lift parts so Caroline can take it in the car. She is dependent on her Eclipse for independence away from the car especially when negotiating busy locations such as Bluewater shopping complex,exhibitions and galleries. These journeys and other ‘adventures’ around rural destinations are all recorded on her Twitter account – posting as ‘Spybear’. Read more….