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

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

Get Going Live!, the test-driving event for young and novice drivers with disabilities, is back for 2016 as part of the 33-year old Mobility Roadshow (26th-28th May, Silverstone Circuit, Northants).

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Get Going Live!, the test-driving event for young and novice drivers with disabilities, is back for 2016 as part of the 33-year old Mobility Roadshow (26th-28th May, Silverstone Circuit, Northants).

Co-hosted by the charities Mobility Choice and Disabled Motoring UK, this popular three day test-drive feature focuses on the needs of younger people with disabilities and novice drivers. Get Going Live! has helped many young people across the UK discover adapted driving controls for the first time and explore options for accessible motoring. Visitors and their families, including teenagers from age 15, will be able to safely test drive a range of adapted cars accompanied by Advanced Driving Instructors.

As people with a disability can gain their driving license a year early at age 16, Get Going Live! helps teenagers choose the right first vehicle for them. Get Going Live! also benefits mature drivers who may wish to explore options for safer, more comfortable driving. As Get Going Live! is incorporated into the Mobility Roadshow, visitors can take advantage of a wealth of specialist mobility products and services on display in the impressive Silverstone Wing.

Inspirational young disabled racing driver Alex Tait, 16 from Sheffield, lives with a hereditary muscle wasting condition. Alex is a Get Going Live! Ambassador for 2016 and explains: “I am chuffed to have been given the role of Get Going Live! Ambassador this year, it’s a real honour. Even though I have Myotonic Dystrophy I make sure this doesn’t hold me back. I attended the 2013 Get Going Live! and everything escalated from there as I subsequently won a disabled driver’s scholarship to compete for a season in Autosolos and Autotests. Then in early 2014, I took my ARDS (racing licence) test and passed. I now race in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championships with a team called ‘Specialised Motorsport’.”

Alex concludes: “I will be at Get Going Live! and available to chat to all visitors regarding my experiences – it is a show that is very close to my heart. Only by visiting this event have I been able to get to my privileged position in motorsport. The Mobility Roadshow and Get Going Live! illustrates to all people, young and old, that even with a disability, it can be easy to get driving and remain independent with the right specialist products and solutions.”

All show visitors to Get Going Live! can access expert advice on tuition and mobility information from The Forum of Mobility Centres and Advanced Driving Instructors. Admission and parking is free, as are test drives and entry to The Mobility Roadshow – the largest consumer mobility event of its kind. There will be a vast range of products on display including wheelchairs, mobility scooters, car boot hoists, ramps and in-vehicle safety systems.

www.mobilityroadshow.co.uk

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