Mobility Networks successfully launches new ‘Flexi’ range of accessible vehicle solutions at Silverstone Mobility Roadshow

 

Mobility Networks, the world-leading specialist in access solutions for vehicles, has successfully unveiled its new FlexiStep, FlexiWinch and Flexis Ramp at The Mobility Roadshow (26-28th May, Silverstone Circuit, Northants).

 

Mobility Networks is a proven global specialist in wheelchair lifts, ramps and other wide-ranging accessibility products for passenger vehicles ranging from buses and coaches through to accessible taxis and domestic WAVs. Established by Mike Simmonds, a highly respected international entrepreneur, this trusted network provides a single source for all the latest accessible transport innovations from around the world. PLS (Passenger Lift Services), a Mobility Networks company, is a market-leading manufacturer of inboard and cassette wheelchair lifts and supported the new ‘Flexi’ product launches by providing product experts throughout the show. Other manufacturers affiliated to Mobility Networks also showcased their innovative products at Silverstone including Italy’s Autolift and RB Systems from Israel. Autolift demonstrated its ultra-slim and lightweight F6 side-access wheelchair lift and RB Systems showcased its cutting-edge adapted secondary driving controls.

 

The Flexi products launched at The Mobility Roadshow included:

  • NEW FlexisRamp – a lightweight aluminum vehicle access ramp that delivers world-class performance, reliability and durability
  • NEW FlexiWinch – a reliable and safe powered winch to assist with loading of a wheelchair passenger into a vehicle via a rear access ramp
  • NEW FlexiStep – This static, manual or powered step provides a strong and safe platform for easier access into a side or rear van/mini-bus doorway – includes optional LED edge lighting
  • FlexiRail – significantly lighter than traditional aluminum systems, this world-class rail flooring solution provides flexible securement of wheelchairs and removable vehicle seating.

 

The Mobility Roadshow was held at the prestigious Silverstone circuit for the first time in its 33-year history and Mobility Networks was proud to support the event as Gold sponsor. Mike Simmonds firmly believes the show is vital for disabled drivers of all ages so they can achieve independence and lead as full a life as possible. Without the unique test-drive opportunities the Mobility Roadshow provides, many drivers with disabilities would not discover the ideal accessible vehicle for their needs. During the event the Mobility Networks team was delighted to welcome VIP and official show opener Lamin Manneh onto the stand. Lamin is an injured ex-Irish Guard who appeared on the DIY SOS ‘Homes for Veteran’s’ Special and has recently won two bronze medals at the Invictus Games. He demonstrated a keen interest in the various products on display and spent time discussing the wide-ranging access solutions that Mobility Networks provides.

 

Mike comments: “Mobility Networks supplies to trade customers however I believe that supporting this consumer show is critical for disabled people seeking independence through assisted driving. The Roadshow gives us an invaluable insight into the needs of the end user and a chance to network with international colleagues and other members of the EMG who always visit the show. I am delighted that our multiple Flexi product launch generated high footfall onto our stand and I would like to thank Autolift and RB Systems for jointly exhibiting with us at Silverstone. Invictus Games Athlete Lamin was a real pleasure to met and on behalf of the Mobility Networks team, we wish him well with his continued rehabilitation and training.”

www.mobilitynetworksgroup.com

Introducing Mobility Networks' new FlexiStep

Mike Simmonds, Mobility Networks CEO, introducing Mobility Networks’ new FlexiStep to Invictus Games athlete Lamin Manneh

TV’s ‘DIY SOS Special’ disabled war veteran Lamin Manneh 
to open 2016 Mobility Roadshow

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Lamin Manneh, inspirational disabled war veteran

Lamin Manneh, inspirational disabled war veteran, Invictus Athlete and star of BBC TV’s DIY SOS ‘Homes for Veterans’ Special, has accepted the invitation to open The Mobility Roadshow at Silverstone Circuit – 10am, 26th May.

Press call: Following the opening Lamin will be available for interviews and photographs during the first day of the show. Contact the Mobility Roadshow press office for timings and more information. 

To date, the DIY SOS Big Build ‘Homes for Veterans’ Special was the most ambitious construction challenge undertaken by the building renovation TV programme. It involved the redevelopment of an entire dilapidated terraced street in Manchester to provide homes for injured servicemen and women. Lamin, a 39-year-old disabled ex-Guardsman and his family were grateful recipients of one of the new accessible homes.

Lamin comments: “I have always had a massive passion for cars and sport so the opportunity to officially open The Mobility Roadshow and drive around Silverstone is a dream come true. I am so honoured to be recognised as a VIP and to be an event Ambassador. Day-to-day living can be tough with physical disability, however keeping your mental health in good order can be harder. By coming to The Mobility Roadshow I hope I can help as many people as possible sustain a positive mental attitude.”

Lamin continues: “Just before attending the Mobility Roadshow I will have competed at Rowing, Archery, Shot put and Discus at the Invictus Games, a high-profile annual Paralympic-style tournament for disabled servicemen and women. Hence I will also be really looking forward to playing the various accessible sports available at the Roadshow and sharing my Invictus experiences.”

The two-part DIY SOS episodes that Lamin appeared in generated significant press coverage as HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Henry of Wales visited the extensive two-week build. BBC production, in association with the charity Walking with the Wounded, aimed to provide 20 new homes for injured military veterans and their families. The Mennah family was a major focus throughout the show with Lamin explaining to the Princes the huge difference a new accessible home would make to him, his wife and five children.

Lamin, originally from Gambia, moved to Britain in 2005 to join the British Army. As Gambia is a Commonwealth country, residents are allowed to join the British Armed Forces and Lamin served in the Irish Guards for five years. On New Year’s Eve 2010, he was severely injured by an exploding IED in Afghanistan resulting in the loss of both legs and one arm. Lamin survived this horrific ordeal and now continues to rebuild his life whilst looking for opportunities to motivate and inspire fellow disabled individuals.

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-accessible and adapted vehicles around the Silverstone circuit.

www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk 

‘DIY SOS Special’ disabled war veteran appointed as Mobility Roadshow 2016 Event Ambassador

Disabled war veteran and DIY SOS star Lamin Manneh with his wife and youngest daughter.

Disabled war veteran and DIY SOS star Lamin Manneh with his wife and youngest daughter.

Lamin Manneh, 39, from Manchester and star of the DIY SOS ‘Homes for Veterans’ Special has been appointed as Event Ambassador for The Mobility Roadshow at Silverstone Circuit, Northants, 26-28th May.

Lamin will be appearing at The Mobility Roadshow on Day 1 (26th May) and will be available for interviews and photographs. Contact the Roadshow press office for more details.

To date, the DIY SOS Big Build ‘Homes for Veterans’ Special is the most ambitious construction challenge undertaken by the building renovation TV programme. It involved the redevelopment of an entire dilapidated terraced street in Manchester to provide homes for injured servicemen and women. Lamin Manneh, a disabled ex-Guardsman, and his family were grateful recipients of one of the new accessible homes.

The two-part DIY SOS episodes generated significant press coverage as HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Henry of Wales visited the extensive two-week build. BBC production, in association with the charity Walking with the Wounded, aimed to provide 62 new homes for injured military veterans and their families. The Manneh family was a major focus throughout the show, with Lamin explaining to the Princes the huge difference a new accessible home would make to him, his wife and five children.

Lamin, originally from Gambia, moved to Britain in 2005 to join the British Army. As Gambia is a Commonwealth country, residents are allowed to join the British Armed Forces and Lamin served in the Irish Guards for five years. On New Year’s Eve 2010, he was severely injured by an exploding IED in Afghanistan resulting in the loss of both legs and one arm. Lamin survived this horrific ordeal and now continues to rebuild his life. He will be competing in the forthcoming Invictus Games (Orlando, 8-12th May) and is ‘honoured’ to be an Ambassador for the 2016 Mobility Roadshow later in the month. Lamin will be championing the show to all his contacts and will be attending the Roadshow as a VIP.

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-accessible and adapted vehicles around the Silverstone circuit.

Lamin comments: “I have always had a massive passion for cars and sport so the chance to attend the Mobility Roadshow and drive around Silverstone is a dream come true. I drive an adapted Qashqai however the opportunity to test drive the latest accessible cars at the Mobility Roadshow promises to be unforgettable. Just before attending the Roadshow I will have competed at Rowing, Archery, Shot put and Discus at the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style tournament for disabled servicemen and women. Hence I will also be really looking forward to playing the various accessible sports available at the Roadshow event and sharing my Invictus experiences. Day-to-day living can be tough with physical disability, however keeping your mental health in good order can be harder. By coming to the Roadshow I hope I can help as many people as possible sustain a positive mental attitude.”

www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk

Lodgesons are exhibiting their Wireless Keypad Controls at The Mobility Roadshow, Stand H1-08

MobilityRoadShow_2016_LodgesonsLodgesons wireless keypad controls are designed to provide disabled drivers with the utmost in functionality, comfort and design. Established in 1993, Lodgesons have strived to be the wireless keypad system of choice for both end users & specialist adaptations installers.

LODGESONS ACHIEVE RECORD 91% SHARE OF MOTABILITY WIRELESS KEYPAD CONTROLS MARKET 

In 2015, Lodgesons achieved a record 91% share of the UK Motability Scheme market in their wireless keypad controls category. With a number of foreign imported systems jostling for a share in the UK market, Lodgesons are now not only the sole UK manufacturer for this type of product but also the only manufacturer to achieve a percentage this high in any Motability category.

For end users, the R200 keypads are offered with a choice of ergonomic, soft-touch steering grips; lollipop or steering ball, which are designed for easy, quick-release from the lubricant free clamp fitted to the steering wheel so the car may be driven as normal by another driver. For the specialist installers, Lodgesons have developed their systems using advanced technology which allows for quick and easy installation, with many plug-in solutions available. This teamed with a vast library of language independent installation instructions and same day technical support, is the reason why Lodgesons are the number one choice for both installers & end users alike.

To find out more, visit their website www.lodgesons.co.uk or come and see them at this year’s Mobility Roadshow at stand H1-08.

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.”

www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk

Try it, Love it, Play it!

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Let’s Play! is delighted to be offering free Sports taster sessions at the Silverstone Mobility Roadshow 2016.

There will be four different “Come and Try” sports activities for visitors to participate in.

Come along to the event on 26th May, for your chance to try Boccia and Disability Tennis or test your skills in Powerchair Football and Wheelchair Basketball on 27th and 28th May.

Let’s Play! has started 2016 in an exciting new phase, continuing to work alongside various National Governing Bodies as well as new partners. The ‘Come and Try’ sessions encourage individuals to get involved in disability activities so please support this fantastic scheme at The Mobility Roadshow.  Visit Let’s Play! at stand G41 to discover more information about the exciting range of sports activities you can be involved with and details for a club local to you.

For more information visit www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk

AMAZING BRITISH INVENTION LOOPWHEELS RETURN TO THE MOBILITY ROADSHOW THIS YEAR AT ICONIC SILVERSTONE

Loopwheels on MobilityRoadshow

The Nottinghamshire company behind the revolutionary new shock-absorbing wheels, Loopwheels, are looking forward to another great show at Mobility Roadshow in May. Last year’s show at Castle Donington was a huge success for them.

Director Gemma Pearce says: “We had a fantastic show last year. Loopwheels were brand new on the mobility market. People came straight to our stand to try loopwheels on their chairs, and there was plenty of opportunity for people to test out the wheels on the grass, paving and kerbs near our stand. We took a lot of orders at the show and have many happy customers as a result! There was a real buzz around the stand.

We’re very much looking forward to this year’s show at Silverstone, particularly as it’s such an iconic venue. We now sell loopwheels through stockists in 13 countries around the world. We’re really proud to manufacture a British-designed product in the UK, and although I’m expecting a UK audience at the show itself, I think many of our customers abroad who follow our news will really connect with a world famous British name like Silverstone.”

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