‘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.”


Precision Rehab Ltd are delighted to have chosen The Mobility Roadshow 2016 for their first ever UK exhibition!


The newly founded company are an official supplier of German manufactured Paravan Powered Wheelchairs in the UK and Ireland.

They will be showcasing their full range at the Silverstone Roadshow including the innovative, standing Biolution wheelchair and the adaptable Paravan Piccolini – a completely new electric wheelchair concept – specially tailored to meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. Uniquely, the Paravan Piccolino can grow with a child and remain a loyal companion that provides fun, enjoyment and comfort.

The Precision Rehab team have over 20 years’ experience working with specialist powered wheelchairs and ensure a high standard of assessment, sales process, and after sales care including service and repair coverage.

They are looking forward to welcoming visitors at Stand H1-07 at The Mobility Roadshow.

For further information visit: www.precisionrehab.co.uk


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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The Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! (Silverstone Circuit, Northants 26-28th May), is delighted to announce that the popular Daily Mirror newspaper is to be the 2016 event media partner.

This beneficial relationship will allow the 2016 Mobility Roadshow to generate high levels of pre-event awareness in the national press and online. With substantial editorial and advertising in The Daily Mirror, a wider range of people with limited mobility will discover the unique benefits of visiting this national exhibition. The Mobility Roadshow provides an unmatched, free opportunity to test drive and compare the widest range of wheelchair-accessible and adapted vehicles around the historic British Grand Prix Circuit. The Get Going Live! feature focuses on the needs of young and novice drivers with disabilities whilst the Silverstone Wing will host a comprehensive showcase of the latest solutions for independent mobility.

As event media partner, The Daily Mirror’s audience numbers and demographics will provide an outstanding outlet for Mobility Roadshow news. The Mirror has a current print circulation of over 870,000 with 66.5M monthly unique browsers visiting its website.  The newspaper is also popular on Social Media with approximately 1.9M Facebook “Likes” and 600,000+ Twitter followers.

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For further information, please contact the NFE Group on: +44(0)1332 810007.




The Mobility Roadshow incorporating Get Going Live! is delighted to announce that its 2016 event will be held from 26-28th May at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire.

Organised by charity Mobility Choice, the free-to-attend Mobility Roadshow is Europe’s leading consumer-focussed event for people of any age living with restricted mobility. Since 1983, this premier international show has delivered opportunity and choice to disabled and older people with mobility needs. Get Going Live! is a test-drive feature that focuses on young and novice disabled drivers and opens up a new world of driving opportunities for future generations.

The 2016 event will take place for the first time at Silverstone, home to The British Grand Prix and at the heart of international motor sport. A remarkable experience awaits in a location full of British motor racing heritage: UK and international visitors will have the unique opportunity to test drive adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVS) around the iconic Silverstone circuit. In addition there will be the chance to see and compare a wide range of products for independent living such as wheelchairs, scooters, trikes, hoists, and ramps as well as access to information and expert advice.

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For further information, please contact the NFE Group on: +44(0)1332 810007.

Mobility Roadshow 2015 – More Innovations for Consumer Independence than Ever Before

The Mobility Roadshow is returning in 2015 (25-27 June, Donington Park, Derby) to provide the most comprehensive lifestyle event of its kind in the UK, presenting mobility solutions for a wider range of consumers with restricted mobility to help achieve greater independence.

The Mobility Roadshow is the UK’s premier consumer-focused event, showcasing products and services to help maintain independent mobility. This unique national show, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013, is organised by registered charity Mobility Choice.

For 2015 the Mobility Roadshow returns to Donington Park where visitors will have the rare opportunity to test drive adapted and wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) on the historic Donington Circuit, as well as experience the very latest innovations for independence. There is no other event that can offer such a range of vehicles for test-driving or products and services to see and compare – a unique opportunity unequalled in the mobility exhibition calendar.

The 2015 Mobility Roadshow will be different. Its refreshed format will be dynamic, engaging and include features for a wider audience. It will deliver invaluable benefits to all visitors ranging from children to mature individuals who are looking to enhance their freedom, with hands-on product demonstrations and exclusive show features.

Restricted mobility affects millions of people across the UK in different ways. Hence the opportunity to experience and compare wide-ranging independent living solutions all in one location is vital. The Roadshow provides a larger, more diverse showcase than other regional shows. Not an ‘exhibition’ but an ‘event’, the 2015 Roadshow will also incorporate Get Going Live! – a sister event also organised by Mobility Choice that focuses on young and novice disabled drivers. This lively and exciting feature will open up a new world of driving opportunities for future generations.

The Mobility Roadshow 2015, as always free to visit, will be a ‘must-attend’ event for:

·         Drivers, passengers and non-drivers that live with disability or restricted mobility

·         Young and novice drivers with disabilities seeking independence

·         Middle-aged to mature individuals requiring assistance for ‘comfortable driving’ or ‘easier living’

·         More mature people requiring help indoors, outside, or when travelling as a vehicle passenger

·         Families/parents with disabled children or elderly relatives

Ann Frye, Chair of Mobility Choice, comments: “In partnership with the NFE Group, the Mobility Choice team and I are fully committed to delivering a Mobility Roadshow that surpasses all others. Our 2015 event will remain true to our singular ethos since the show’s inception over 30 years ago – to provide the largest and best consumer- focused mobility show.”

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Balder Electric Wheelchairs Deliver Show Highlight at Kidz-North

On stand A16 at Kidz-North (20th November, EventCity, Manchester), Etac UK Limited demonstrated a selection of Balder and Etac powered wheelchairs to large numbers of carers, OTs and parents with their disabled children.

Etac Kidz North Nov 14

The junior Etac electric wheelchairs on display included examples from the E800 series, Balder range and the specialist Balder XP model. Balder powered wheelchairs offer market-leading levels of mobility, comfort and independence for young individuals living with disability through world-class design and ergonomics. They incorporate a wide range of powered and controlled functionality that can move the user into a variety of positions including standing, lying, or reclining in a ‘tilt-in-space’ configuration. With the addition of the Etac Automatic Tie-down System, these models can be secured in an accessible vehicle so users can travel safely as passengers, without the need to transfer out of their powerchair.

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