TGA Mobility will be unveiling its revolutionary new award-winning WHILL powered wheelchair at The 2017 Mobility Roadshow

TGA, the trusted specialist in mobility scooters and wheelchairs, will be unveiling its revolutionary new award-winning WHILL powered wheelchair at The 2017 Mobility Roadshow (NAEC Stoneleigh, 1-3 June 2017, Hall 1, stand B6 and Test Track).

For over 30 years TGA has innovated in the mobility sector and its new WHILL powerchair represents a further reiteration of this renowned heritage. WHILL from TGA is a pioneering electric wheelchair known as a ‘Personal Electric Vehicle’ (PEV) – it is sleek, compact, hi-tech and delivers levels of manoeuvrability never seen before in the UK. Developed in Japan by former Toyota and Nissan engineers, WHILL has been in production for 18 months however it is being introduced to the UK market for the first time by TGA. WHILL is a next generation product that encapsulates a new concept in contemporary independent living.

In addition to trustworthy 4-wheel-drive (4WD) performance WHILL encompasses revolutionary all directional drive and kerb climbing front wheels – a world first for powerchair design. The pioneering drivability and remarkable comfort and stability provided by WHILL can be experienced first-hand on the TGA test track at The Mobility Roadshow.

WHILL is the ideal powerchair for style conscious individuals who are seeking greater independence at home, at work or when travelling. Conventional powered wheelchair design has been replaced by a cutting-edge PEV concept that is streamlined and modern – built with the latest technology and a precision finish.

The all-directional front wheels encompass 24 rollers that rotate sideways when turning WHILL – resulting in lateral movement without the need for a rotating castor. This means WHILL can turn 360 degrees on its own axis – delivering a turning circle of a mere 71cm. These patented 9.8’ wheels also have the ability to climb 3’’ kerbs so urban and city environments are now more accessible than ever.

When users are not benefiting from remarkable manoeuvrability in lifts, shops and offices, WHILL has the capability to power over rougher rural terrain. Traditionally sand and gravel have proven extremely challenging for powered wheelchairs with most products unable to function on these surfaces – WHILL rewrites this convention. With its powerful 4WD drive system and large 12.5’’ rear wheels it can negotiate uneven surfaces and propel users up a 10-degree slope without loss of stability or traction.  Read more….

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

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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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DAILY MIRROR ANNOUNCED AS MEDIA PARTNER FOR 2016 MOBILITY ROADSHOW INCORPORATING GET GOING LIVE!

 

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.

MOBILITY ROADSHOW INCORPORATING GET GOING LIVE! ANNOUNCES SILVERSTONE AS PRESTIGIOUS NEW VENUE FOR 2016

 

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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.

ZINGER Powered Chair Makes First Appearance at Mobility Roadshow 2015

ZINGER, the lightweight, folding powered chair will make its first appearance at the Mobility Roadshow.

It sets new standards with its ultra-simple traction drive and its intuitive steering system, giving it amazing manoeuvrability. Its unique design creates a revolutionary instant folding frame with a total weight below 18kg. It can be placed in the back of a small hatchback car, even with the seats up. In addition to being great for getting around outdoors, Zinger’s unique control system, which is easy to learn and intuitive to use, has no forward obstruction like a steering column, making it also ideal for use around the home or office.
3 forward speed settings range from Slow for indoor use up to Fast for travelling outdoors at up to 4mph, plus a Reverse mode. The battery has an anti-theft key & can be fully charged, on or off the chair, in 3.5 hrs, giving a range of up to 8 miles (13 km).

UK & Ireland distribution is exclusively by Proactive Mobility Ltd.

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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Severely injured ex-England rugby star with Etac Balder F280 powerchair writes book

Matt Hampson with his Etac Balder F280 powerchair

Matt Hampson with his Etac Balder F280 powerchair

Etac Balder powerchair owner Matt Hampson, ex-England U21 tight-head prop, has recently launched his autobiographical book ‘Engage’ written with Paul Kimmage which tells Matt’s story before and after his life changing accident leaving him paralysed from the neck down, unable to breath without the aid of a ventilator.

High profile Matt Hampson nicknamed ‘Hambo’, 26 from Leicestershire, is a remarkable and inspirational individual who was a rising star in English rugby. Following his exceptional rugby performances at Syston RFC, he was selected by the Leicester Tigers Academy and continued to build upon his sporting prowess whilst juggling educational commitments at Queen Elizabeth College. During this time he trained alongside the likes of Austin Healey, Neil Back, Martin Cory and England World Cup winning Captain, Martin Johnson. He then progressed to playing for his country and achieved several under 19 caps and eventually became the first choice prop for the under 21’s alongside other fellow stars such as Toby Flood, James Haskell and Ben Foden. However during a routine training session on the 15th of March 2005, Matt sustained a neck injury following a scrum collapse that would change his life forever. Matt explains: “It was a cold grey day at a Northampton training ground and we were training hard as normal. During the session we set up a scrum and were given the command to ‘engage’. The scrum came together however both teams collapsed and I took the full force of both packs on my neck, which left me unable to breath or feel my arms or legs. Following this freak accident, I spent over 17 months recovering in Stoke Mandeville Hospital before I was well enough to return home as amongst many other issues I had to beat Clostridium difficile and confirm my ability to swallow. Without my family and friends I would never have made it”.

Now six and half years since his accident, Matt has rebuilt his life and is busy with many worthwhile causes which include his charity work, writing for Rugby World Magazine and coaching at Oakham school. Throughout all of his day-to-day work he is fully dependent on a team of ten carers and his Etac Balder F280 powerchair, which delivers mobility, comfort and the ability to travel in an accessible vehicle via its Automatic tie-down system. Matt controls his powerchair with a sensitive mini-joystick operated by his chin and his ventilator is neatly attached to the rear of the seat. The Etac Balder F280 is a Scandinavian-built, hi-tech electric powerchair that leads the market place in terms of functionality, reliability and flexibility whilst providing superb manoeuvrability through front wheel drive and a battery range of up to 34km on one charge.

Matt continues: “The Matt Hampson Foundation which we set up in early 2011 takes up the majority of my time however I am able to continue my passion for rugby through my coaching which i feel is the next best thing to playing. My Etac Balder has really good traction and power, hence I can comfortably drive onto muddy training pitches without the worry of getting stuck which really helps with being close to the action. Off the field, my foundation is committed to inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport and I am glad to say we have already raised a substantial amount of money. In addition to the numerous high profile charity events and dinners we organise throughout the year, my new book ‘Engage’ and patrons such as my old team mate Martin Johnson, are helping to raise awareness and funds for injured young sportsmen and women. Writing the book with Paul over the past four years has been emotionally draining for me however the response I have received from people since the launch has been absolutely amazing. My recent interviews on national television and the serialisation of my new book in the Sunday Times has really helped raise awareness of my foundation. Knowing I have the support of so many people locally and nationally really helps motivate me on a daily basis and I fully believe in remaining positive. My rugby training taught me respect, discipline and control, which has given me the mental strength to tackle my new life and help as many people as possible along the way.”

Matt concludes: “My Etac Balder powerchair is a fantastic piece of kit and I am keen to help Etac with product development in the future, as I am always willing to pass on my experiences and knowledge that i have gained through living the last 6 and a half years of my life. Meeting people through my Foundation with similar disabilities to myself, inspires me and helps keep my life moving forward. I always will feel proud and privileged to have played rugby alongside so many stars who currently play for our country.”

Ian Carter, Etac Managing Director added: “Matt is a truly exceptional character and to show this continued grit and determination, which is clearly demonstrated in his book, is very inspiring. We wish him every success with his charity work and feel sure that his Etac Balder F280 will continue to meet his mobility needs now and in the future.”

The Matt Hampson Foundation can be found at: www.matthampsonfoundation.org

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