The pioneering Scallop seating system by R82 – as seen on TV.

The Scallop is designed to aid in floor sitting and to add extra support whilst sitting on a chair. This simple, portable and versatile sensory stimulating product is the perfect aid to enable participation in everyday activities with comfort, support and ease.

This is recent ITV news coverage of how the Scallop is helping Evie with Cerebal Palsy, how the seat work and and how Keira Gwynn, the designer, developed the idea.

http://www.also4me.com

Christmas comes early to hospice patients with wheelchair donation from Suffolks TGA Mobility

Sudbury-based runner Daniel Salter and his local employer TGA Mobility, have donated a new StrongBack wheelchair to Colchester’s J’s Hospice for enhanced care of disabled locals this Christmas and beyond.

Js Hospice and Strongback Wheelchair

When Daniel Salter, 30 from Foxearth signed up for The J’s Hospice Chelmsford Marathon in October, he decided that he wanted to do something special for the charity. The J’s Hospice improves the lives of young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families across Essex.  Daniel is a Mobility Consultant for TGA, the UK-leading mobility scooter and product specialist, and so, instead of collecting sponsorship, he asked his employer to donate a new StrongBack wheelchair to the charity.

TGA’s lightweight and ergonomic StrongBack is a pioneering new folding wheelchair design with a contoured backrest for better lumbar support and greater comfort. It helps carers push their clients more easily and without the worry of back strain when lifting it into a car boot so Daniel felt it would be the ideal wheelchair to help the charity to care for its young adult patients. He explained: “Even though the StrongBack was only launched this year it has been hugely popular across the UK as it sets new standards in postural support and healthier sitting.”

TGA kindly agreed with one condition: Daniel had to complete the marathon within 4½ hours. As this was Daniel’s first ever marathon, this was going to be a challenge but, despite stopping during the race to help a young female entrant who was ill, he completed the marathon in an impressive 4 hours 12 minutes.

Daniel recently visited The J’s Hospice office in Great Baddow to present the wheelchair. He met the charity’s CEO Bev Barclay MBE along with some of the charity’s nurses and healthcare assistants plus a patient, Alice Leigh. He said: “I was so proud to hand over the StrongBack wheelchair to the team at The J’s Hospice as they are all fantastic and do an amazing job. They were really appreciative and I was lucky enough to meet Alice, one of the young adults in their care. She tried the StrongBack for the first time and gave us a big smile and agreed that it was really comfortable. I will continue to support The J’s and I’m looking forward to cycling for the charity on the Pedal for The J’s cycle ride next year.” Read more….

Demonstrating the Gemini hi-lo bath at Kidz to Adultz North 2016

Here we show our popular hi-lo bath, the Gemini, demonstrated by David Bertorelli at Kidz to Adultz North 2016. The Gemini bath is a fully height adjustable bath that comes with an integrated variable-height platform to assist with bathing, drying and changing.

http://www.abacushealthcare.co.uk/videos/demonstrating-gemini-hi-lo-bath/

TGA donates solar powered Supersport mobility scooter to disabled Kenyan Beth

TGA, the UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist, has donated a solar powered Supersport to an African Children’s Charity so that disabled Beth from Kenya (aged 23) can continue working at Karatina University.

Woman on a TGA Mobility Scooter

Disabled Kenyan Beth Wamuyu on her new Supersport mobility scooter donated by TGA Mobility and the For African Children charity

TGA has given the Supersport to Beth via the children’s charity ForAfricanChildren which is based in Torino, Italy. It has the mission statement “We can not change the world but we can change the world of a child” and is managed by Fulvio Rostagno and Lorella Mantino. The charity helps to assist several organisations operating in Africa with a mission to achieve project completion and encourage co-operation without a major focus on fundraising. It strives to deliver real change for children and young people on an individual level – hence the request to help Beth Wamuyu who lives with spinal problems and Polio. Fulvio contacted TGA to see if it would donate a mobility scooter and as this product specialist takes its corporate social responsibilities seriously, it was delighted to offer a solution.

Following discussions and a face-to-face meeting in Italy between Fulvio and Tim Ross of TGA, TGA Mobility agreed to donate a 3-wheel Supersport. The TGA Supersport is a robust and reliable mobility scooter that has proven power and performance to drive offroad. It is known as the ‘Harley Davidson of scooters’ due to its black and chrome styling and has batteries that can deliver an impressive range of up to 30 miles. Its trusted reliability and superb manoeuvrability mean it is the ideal scooter for freedom in remote locations. This dependable form of transport will change Beth’s life forever as she has severe walking difficulties, exaserpated in the rainy season when the ground is so muddy. With the help of a scooter she will be able to once again travel to work independently and spend time with her family and friends in neighbouring villages. Read more…..

TGA introduces NEW safe mobility scooter driving #BeBrightScootSafe campaign and competition

TGA Mobility, the leading UK specialist in mobility scooters, has introduced its latest safety campaign to help customers remain visible and safer during the winter months – the #BeBrightScootSafe’initiative.

TGA Mobility Scooter Back Pack

TGA is a caring and ethical supplier of quality mobility scooters and is always focused on delivering independence with maximum safety and peace of mind. Its range of reliable products are proven to provide assured performance and also offer many safety features so that scooter owners have confidence and control when driving. The Breeze S4 and Vita range are renowned for advanced LED head and brake lights which provide exceptional brightness. These ensure owners are clearly visible to pedestrians and other highway users after dark so that local friends, amenities and social clubs can be visited without undue worry. To enhance this safety even further TGA is offering a comprehensive range of high-visibility accessories along with free information and a competition.

TGA’s social media channels and website will provide a hub for information regarding how to drive safely this winter on a mobility scooter. TGA is encouraging its followers on Facebook and Twitter to share positive advice and experiences whilst including the statement: ‘#BeBrightScootSafe’ in all posts so everyone in the community can learn and engage. There is also a Facebook competition available running until the end of January whereby scooter owners can win a selection of high-visibility stickers, leg and wrist bands and gilets. To enter, all TGA followers have to do is:

  1. Watch the video entitled: ‘The popular TGA safe mobility scooter driving awareness day – Sept 2016’
  2. Find the answer to the following question: When driving a mobility scooter, what is the maximum speed allowed on the pavement – 4, 6 or 8mph?
  3. Submit the answer on the TGA website competition page. 

5 lucky winners of high-visibility goodie bags will be selected at random each month, closing date 31 January 2017.

Entrants are also encouraged to visit the TGA Facebook page and Like and share the #BeBrightScootSafe competition post.

In addition to the giveaways, the recently relaunched and easy-to-use TGA website will host several pages of vital information ranging from Highway Code guidance to basic scooter maintenance tips.  There will also be an updated leaflet available that details many aspects of safe scooter ownership along with ongoing awareness activities in the Suffolk (TGA, Sudbury)and Surrey (Hexagon Healthcare, Farnham) regional independent living showrooms.

TVs Penny Smith presents TGA Mobility with design award for folding Minimo Plus mobility scooter

The latest folding Minimo Plus mobility scooter from TGA has won the acclaimed BHTA Independent Living Design Award 2016 – presented by TV’s Penny Smith at the recent British Healthcare Trades Associations (BHTA) Awards dinner in London.

TGA has been a trusted specialist in mobility scooters across the UK since 1981. It provides the most comprehensive range of quality and reliable scooters with models such as the BBC Top Gear winning Breeze S4, cutting-edge Vita range and the popular compact Minimo‘car boot’ concept.  Its latest folding Minimo Plus was entered into the BHTA Independent Living Design Awards which is now in its 21st year of being the flagship award for healthcare industry innovation. The eminent experts on the judging panel decided the TGA Minimo Plus mobility scooter excelled in the following critera:

  • ·         Enabling/assisting independence
  • ·         Improving quality of life
  • ·         Innovation
  • ·         Accessibility in terms of price
  • ·         Ease of use
  • ·         Aesthetic appeal

The TGA Minimo Plus is a compact, folding ‘car boot’ mobility scooter that includes a high level of specification for advanced transportability, flexibility and comfort. It can be folded single-handedly in seconds and does not need any dismantling for simple lifting and storage. When levering on a car boot bumper, users only need to lift 9.9kg so strain-free handling is assured for owners or carers. The folding seat can be removed if preferred and an optional lifting handle helps with faster and easier loading into a car boot. It includes an ultra-lightweight lithium battery as standard so off-board charging is strain-free. Its larger wheels with pneumatic tyres deliver a smooth and stable ride across more challenging terrain. As with all TGA products, the well-designed and engineered Minimo Plus delivers exceptional performance, assured reliability and utmost comfort.

The awards dinner was held at the prestigious 155 Bishopsgate Conference & Events Centre in The City of London. Senior managers from TGA and their partners attended this black tie event alongside other successful peers from the healthcare and mobility industry. Everyone enjoyed an entertaining evening hosted by popular TV presenter Penny Smith who led the award proceedings and congratulated TGA on its success. The award was collected on behalf of the company by Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director and Tim Ross, TGA National Sales Manager. Both Daniel and Tim were delighted to accept the award from Penny as it once again reiterated TGA’s focus on mobility scooter quality and innovation.

Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director commented: “The whole TGA team is proud to achieve this award as it symbolises our commitment to delivering independence with peace of mind. Our folding Minimo Plus provides a trusted solution for those individuals seeking freedom further afield when travelling by car, bus, train or plane. Here at TGA we work closely with our manufacturers to ensure our scooter designs help resolve the latest challenges of living with restricted mobility. We are always listening to our customers and evolving our range accordingly. Our engineering heritage means TGA products are built well with exceptional reliability and ergonomics for comfortable, confident driving. The TGA Minimo Plus encompasses these essential facets and will continue to provide a vital means by which people can live life on their own terms. Thank you to the BHTA for delivering yet another memorable and enjoyable awards dinner.”

The BHTA is the UK’s oldest and largest healthcare association founded in 1917 and has over 500 member companies who manufacture or supply assistive products. TGA is a long-standing member of the association which means it conforms to its Code of Practice overseen by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). This ensures all TGA customers receive a high standard of customer service and will only be supplied products that suit their individual needs.

Rachel with Rheumatoid Arthritis enjoys Palace Garden party thanks to folding Maximo mobility scooter

Despite living with restricted mobility, Rachel Gibson-Leigh from Brighton, continues to enhance her freedom after attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on a new folding TGA Maximo mobility scooter.

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Before taking early retirement due to severe Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rachel worked in publishing and was an accomplished book and graphic designer. She now lives with her wife, Debbie, who has recently retired from public service as a long standing civil servant. Debbie now cares for Rachel and with the help of two new folding mobility scooters, a TGA Minimo Plus and Maximo, they can both still enjoy accessing Brighton – especially The Lanes, Seafront and new i360. They also enjoy days out in the car with freedom on arrival at scenic locations such as Arundel Castle, the South Downs and Chichester. The compact Minimo is the best-selling folding car boot scooter from TGA and the Maximo is a larger 4-wheel version. The Minimo is lightweight and easy to lift into the car boot whilst the more spacious Maximo provides enhanced comfort, stability and support. Both scooters fold into a compact shape which is essential for Rachel and Debbie as they live in a first floor flat where storage space is limited.

The catalyst behind ownership of these two scooters was Debbie’s invitation to the Buckingham Palace Royal Garden Party – in recognition of her service to the nation. As Rachel cannot walk far, being able to accompany Debbie would not have been possible without the assistance of a mobility scooter. Rachel explains: “Following our invitation to the Palace we could see very early on that there would be a great deal of standing and walking involved. This is something I find very difficult now. Therefore, we decided that a mobility scooter would be the perfect solution. At the time I was about 20 stone in weight so couldn’t make use of the lightweight machines. We also live in a flat serviced by an old Victorian lift so the scooter had to fold. It soon became obvious that the TGA Maximo was the scooter for me. The TGA Assessor, Shaun Finch, brought one to the flat and after a good test drive I bought it there and then. I called her Boudicca, because she represents freedom and liberty for me. I also own a lightweight Minimo Plus now as I have lost weight.”

Rachel continues: “The sun was shining and it was a pleasant and balmy day when we went to the Palace. The gardens quickly filled with approximately 7,000 guests from all walks of life. After a little mingling the food tent opened at about 2.30pm and at 4pm the Royal family emerged to the playing of God Save the Queen by one of three military bands present. We then went for a turn around the extensive and beautiful grounds and gardens. My Maximo was just what I’d hoped for and I was both comfortable and able to ride over the gravel paths, inclines and grass with ease. We stopped and before too long we saw the Royals walking along the path towards us. The Queen led and as she came up to us, I said: ‘A very happy 90th year ma’am’ to which she said thank you and then I told her how lovely her outfit was, to which she also said thank you. The Duke of Edinburgh was behind The Queen but didn’t come forward for conversation. Then came Katherine Duchess of Cambridge. I said: ‘We were hoping to see George and Charlotte but she said that they would create mayhem and need a thousand nannies to keep them in check!’ She had such a sparkling smile! Then came Prince William in his morning suit and top hat, followed by several more members of the family who we greeted. What a wonderful day made all the more enjoyable because I had my TGA Maximo scooter.” Read more…..