London Marathon runner fund raises for disability charity Mobility Choice.


Ana Simonds for Mobility Roadshow

Ana Simmonds, wife of Mobility Choice trustee Mike Simmonds, is competing in the 2016 London Marathon for the first time and raising vital funds for the charity in the process.

UK charity Mobility Choice was established in 1998 and focuses on advancing independent mobility for people with disabilities and older people. It is responsible for organising the annual Mobility Roadshow and similar events, establishing advice and guidance centres and overseeing specialist driving programmes for disabled and older people.

Ana is relatively new to running and the London Marathon will be the longest distance race she has entered.  Ana competed in her first race two years ago on the spur of the moment, to fund raise for children with autism. Having caught the running bug, she has been training and competing ever since but modestly claims she is “the most unnatural long distance runner you’ll ever see”.

Ana comments, “My first race was a real personal achievement. It was five miles which was a long way for me at the time! However, I was soon hooked and have worked hard over the last two years to improve fitness and the distance I can achieve.”

Ana’s training has not always gone smoothly as she has her own personal battles to overcome. Ana lives with arthritis, asthma and hypermobility which has meant she frequently suffers with injury. Indeed, training for this year’s marathon has left Ana coping with hip pain and tendinitis as well as an unexpected piece of metal falling on her foot.

Despite the setbacks, Ana is focussing on completing the marathon and enjoying the fantastic event atmosphere. She would love to finish the race in under five hours but her main goal is to raise funds for Mobility Choice, a charity she feel passionately about.

Ana explains, “Mobility Choice’s primary function is to organize the popular Mobility Roadshow each year. This free to enter event is the largest of its kind in the UK. It provides accessible driving solutions, unique test drives and hands on mobility options. Any funds I can raise for Mobility Choice will allow this amazing event, for people living with disabilities, to continue to grow from strength to strength as well as supporting all the other important work the charity undertakes”.

To support Ana Simonds visit:

For more information on Mobility Choice and the 2016 Mobility Roadshow (Silverstone Circuit, Northants. 26-28th May) visit:

2016 London Marathon Competitor commits to disability fund-raising for Mobility Choice and Scope

Tom Dixon running for Mobility Choice & Scope

Committed marathon competitor, Tom Dixon, aged 36, is running in the 2016 London Marathon and raising all important funds for disability charities Mobility Choice and Scope.

UK charity Mobility Choice was established in 1998 and focuses on advancing independent mobility for people with disabilities and older people. It is responsible for organising the annual Mobility Roadshow and similar events, establishing advice and guidance centres and overseeing specialist driving programmes for disabled and older people. Scope is a charity that focuses on driving change across society – so that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Tom, who lives in Amersham, South Buckinghamshire, competed in his first London Marathon in 2000, aged 20. At the time he was raising money for breast cancer research following the death of his Grandmother from the disease. The Dublin and Edinburgh Marathons followed in 2002 and 2003 before Tom headed to New York in 2008. He comments, “Running the New York Marathon was an incredible experience – I loved the atmosphere and culture and I met some amazing people. It was also a great way to see the city!”

Since then, Tom has completed the 2010 London Marathon as well as a couple of Ultra Marathons with a distance of over 50kms which he says “were tough, especially the hilly one on Dartmoor!”. In 2008, Tom began using marathon competitions as a way of fund raising for disability charities. He had just begun working for Scope having been inspired to do so by his aunt, previously a Director of Scope in Wales.

Tom elaborates, “Before she retired, my aunt was a tireless disability campaigner who worked in Europe and the UK promoting disability rights. At the age of 33, she had a stroke which left her with impaired movement down her right side. She has been an inspiration to me in many ways and I wanted to work with like-minded people. I have been raising funds for Scope since joining the charity. It’s an incredible cause – changing society’s attitudes towards disabled people makes a huge difference.”

In 2013, Tom joined Mobility Choice as a trustee. He has been able to use his knowledge of disability fundraising to support the charity and The Mobility Roadshow – an annual mobility event for people with disabilities organised by Mobility Choice.

Tom explains, “The Mobility Roadshow is a fantastic event giving people with disabilities the opportunity to try accessible equipment, test drive adapted vehicles and enhance their own independence and mobility requirements. I would love as many people as possible to continue to benefit from this annual event. That’s why I would like to raise as much money as possible when I run the London Marathon in April.”

Tom has trained hard across the winter months with the Chiltern Harriers, competing in club cross country competitions and testing his limits. He is aiming for a personal best time of just under 3 hours in the London Marathon and hoping he can inspire people to support him with donations to Mobility Choice and Scope.

To help Tom Dixon raise funds for Mobility Choice and Scope:

For more information on Mobility Choice and The Mobility Roadshow 2016 (Silverstone, Northants, 26th – 28th May):

For information on Scope:

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Marbrook Centre Installs Gainsborough Hi-Lo Baths to Deliver High Quality Assistive Bathing

The Marbrook Centre is a purpose-built specialist neurological and Dementia care centre near St. Neots, Cambridgeshire. This impressive new build has the facilities to care for 81 residents living with life-changing conditions such as Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Injury, Stroke or Dementia.

As the centre is focused on providing state-of-the-art rehabilitation and long term care for private and NHS funded clients, Marbrook required an assistive bath supplier that could be trusted – hence Gainsborough Specialist Bathing was selected.


Open from April 2016, this service will deliver the very best care outcomes for each individual and their families, in a contemporary high quality environment. Its neuro rehabilitation care ethos is highlighted in the level of investment including a two bedroom pre-discharge training at. This is designed to enable individuals and their carers to gain the required skills and confidence to move on.

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Architect and Contracts Manager Testimonials:

“Gainsborough Specialist Bathing is exceptional to work with. The whole design, installation and bath commissioning process was smooth and fluid from start to finish. Every member of its highly professional team knew exactly what they were doing which made our job so much easier. They delivered on all their promises – they did everything we required and their timing was perfect. It was obvious that this specialist company has extensive experience and every employee is a credit to the business.

A crucial part of the service that Gainsborough provided was the onsite visits by technicians and the regional sales manager. These extra visits ensured all the pre-installation works, fitting and commissioning were completed on time resulting in a final install exactly as specified in the drawings. Time-and-again problems arise between contractors and product suppliers due to a lack of communication and onsite contact. Gainsborough was completely different – pro-active and hands-on, which helped us meet tight milestone targets and assisted with keeping my client happy. In over 25 years of healthcare construction, Gainsborough is easily the best specialist bath company I have dealt with. I would recommend Gainsborough Specialist Bathing to all contractors and developers working in the healthcare sector.” 

Derek Paramanis, Contracts Manager, Lawrence Baker Limited

“DWA Architects have worked on number of projects with Gainsborough throughout the years, with the knowledge that our Clients will be receiving a state of the art product. Gainsborough understood our Client’s needs and provided flexibility with a range of specialist baths and features. The products will provide the resident and care assistant with reassurance of a safe and comfortable environment.”

Ray Mortimer, Architect, DWA Architects



R82 X:Panda Paediatric Seat Delivers Better Quality Of Life For 7-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy


Taylor Miller, 7, from Castlewood in Coventry, who lives with Cerebral Palsy (CP), uses an R82 x:panda chair – launched in 2007 and now the biggest selling modular seat worldwide.
The x:panda is suitable for various conditions but particularly to children with CP. The patented dynamic system is helpful for children who struggle to maintain position during involuntary extension. The chair provides contoured support to the spine and maintains pelvic position in neutral alignment.Taylor, a friendly and happy youngster, lives with parents, Laura and Daniel, and two brothers, Lennon, 18 months and Mckenzie, age 12. The family moved two years ago to a specialist accessible bungalow provided by The Housing Association. Having recently extended, they now have the necessary space and layout to suit a child with disabilities. Taylor is located in a room next to his parents at night, with a ceiling track in the bedroom and bathroom, and enough room for a ceiling track hoist and specialist adjustable cot. Vitally, there is space for Taylor’s adaptable and bespoke x:panda chair on a High-low frame which ensures ideal support for a growing child and allows Taylor to be properly seated.

Based on the original R82 Panda chair, the x:panda concentrates on optimal pelvic positioning, aligning the spine and correct articulation at the hip. R82, a knowledgeable, caring company with a technical and experienced team, are passionate about the benefits of the x:panda for the user. Research shows incorrect positioning can lead to long term health issues, such as curvature of the spine and exacerbated breathing difficulties. As the x:panda is very adaptable, it can be easily configured to each child and can be adjusted for growth in depth, width and back height as well as accommodating individual leg positioning. It is available in four sizes, from 6 months to young adult. The x:panda features tilt in space, recline and a dynamic back that can help children who might typically have pelvic issues, hip migration and tight hamstrings. Read the full case study…..


Leamington Spa’s Gold-Medal Paralympic Boccia player appointed as Mobility Roadshow 2016 Event Ambassador

Mobility Roadshow Ambassador Nigel Murray

Nigel Murray MBE, 51, from Leamington Spa and Paralympian Boccia player, has been appointed as Event Ambassador for The Mobility Roadshow at Silverstone Circuit, Northants, 26-28th May.

Nigel, who has entered four Olympic Games to date, was the first British Boccia player to win a gold medal in 2000. Since then, he has won gold with Team GB in 2008 and individual silver and bronze at the London 2012 Paralympics. Nigel received an MBE from the Queen in 2013. He is currently training and coaching with Team GB as they prepare for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Since 1983, the Mobility Roadshow has been the UK’s leading disabled consumer event that showcases the latest assistive products and services for independent driving and mobility. This remarkable event is organised by the charity Mobility Choice so that the widest choice of accessible vehicles, adapted driving controls and mobility products can be trialled and tested. Being held at the iconic home of the British Grand Prix for the first time this year, the Mobility Roadshow will provide the unique opportunity for disabled drivers and passengers to test drive the latest wheelchair-friendly and adapted vehicles around the Silverstone circuit. The popular Get Going Live! show feature will also specifically focus on the needs of young and novice drivers with disabilities. In addition to these product highlights, there will be the opportunity for visitors to try various inclusive sports including Boccia, Disability Tennis, Powerchair Football and Wheelchair Basketball. Hence Paralympian Nigel Murray was the ideal Ambassador to champion The Mobility Roadshow once more.

Nigel will be attending the Roadshow, an event he has been visiting ever since 1991. During his first visit he was introduced to previously unseen vehicle adaptations and conversions that opened his mind up to the possibilities of independent driving. Nigel has been playing Boccia for over 20 years and regularly travels all over the country to train, coach and compete.  As well as using a powered wheelchair, Nigel is able to drive independently thanks to his Volkswagen Caddy adapted by Sirus Automotive. Nigel’s specialist vehicle has ‘push-pull’ hand controls and a push button gear selector. He also has an automated wheelchair locking device that secures him into the driver’s position.

Nigel comments: “Unfortunately for disabled drivers, we cannot go into a dealership and take a test drive of a car we like as they do not have any driving adaptations.  The closest you can get is sitting in the passenger seat while someone else drives, which is not ideal at all. Test drives at the Mobility Roadshow change all that.”

Nigel continues: “I think it is fantastic that The Mobility Roadshow is coming to Silverstone for the first time. Visitors will be able to test drive adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles in a safe environment, which will give them a true representation of the vehicles. Without the Roadshow this opportunity would not exist. I also look forward to meeting lots of visitors keen to try Boccia in the Silverstone Wing – I will be there to offer advice and guidance for anyone keen to get involved with the sport.”